Friday prayers resume in Tehran amid fears of latest virus surge

Tehran held public prayers on Friday for the primary time since coronavirus considerations in March 2020 prompted the Iranian authorities to halt the weekly spiritual service. 

Worshippers attending the service at Tehran University have been required to social distance and put on face masks. The resumption of Friday prayers comes as 400 Muslim students and non secular leaders gathered within the Iranian capital for the 35th annual International Islamic Unity Conference, which started on Tuesday. 

“Today is a very sweet day for us. We thank the Almighty for giving us back the Friday prayers after a period of restrictions and deprivation,” Reuters quoted Mohammad Javad Haj Ali Akbari, the imam who led the service, as saying. 

Iran has skilled the worst coronavirus outbreak within the Middle East, with greater than 5.eight million recorded instances since February 2020. On Tuesday, Health Minister Bahram Einollahi mentioned he was “certain” that Iran would expertise a sixth wave of the virus. 

Iran’s Health Ministry mentioned on Friday that 165 extra Iranians have died from COVID-19. The official dying toll stands at nearly 125,000 individuals, though specialists and Iranian officers say the precise tally is probably going a lot greater. 

Iran’s vaccine rollout was slowed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s ban final January on American- and British-made vaccines, which he described as “untrustworthy.” Iran has since vaccinated about 40% of the inhabitants of 80 million, well being officers say. 

The nation is generally administering the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine, along with its personal regionally made vaccines. Despite the Western vaccine ban, Iran in September additionally authorised the usage of the US-developed Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 


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