Iran bans export of face masks amid increase of COVID-related deaths

Iran Materials 6 July 2020 13:11 (UTC +04:00)
Iran bans export of face masks amid increase of COVID-related deaths

TEHRAN, Iran, July 6


Secretary of the Logistic Headquarters of the Industry Ministry for Campaign against Coronavirus Jamshid Golpour has announced that the export of masks has been banned, following the new resolution of National Committee on Combating Coronavirus on mandatory wearing of masks in the country, Trend reports via IRNA.

“Raw materials and fabrics will be supplied to producers and the production and distribution of face masks are monitored and supported by the Ministry of Industry,” Golpour said.

"The Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade has made every effort to remove barriers for production, especially masks," said Golpour.

The official went on to praise the efforts made by the private sector to launch the 'Bamask' website to sell standard face masks at approved prices.

"Strengthening the authorized online sales networks, can reduce economic consequences of the coronavirus for businesses," he said.

Iran on Sunday made it mandatory for people to wear face masks amid deepening fears over rising numbers of daily deaths from the coronavirus.

The country continues to apply strict measures to contain the further spread. Reportedly, the disease was brought to Iran by a businessman from Iran's Qom city, who went on a business trip to China, despite official warnings. The man died later from the disease.

The Islamic Republic of Iran only announced its first infections and deaths from the coronavirus on Feb. 19.

The outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan - which is an international transport hub - began at a fish market in late December 2019.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11 declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Some sources claim the coronavirus outbreak started as early as November 2019.