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Dr Rouhani in the meeting of the Chairmen of the Specialised Committees of the National Task Force for Fighting Coronavirus:

Avoiding holding unnecessary gatherings essential/ Appreciating effective role of the media in controlling COVID-19 / The media should take effective, persuasive action to change people's lifestyles

Citing reports from the Education Committee for the National Task Force for Fighting Coronavirus, the president blamed holding gatherings and ceremonies for the increase in the number of patients and red status in some provinces, saying, "Not observing health protocols in places that had been warned not to hold such gatherings is the reason for this problem".

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Speaking on Thursday in a meeting of the Chairmen of the Specialised Committees of the National Task Force for Fighting Coronavirus, Dr Hassan Rouhani criticised the lack of compliance with physical distancing in public transportation, citing it another factor in increasing the number of patients.

He also instructed the Social-Security Committee officials to intensify monitoring and care in this regard.

Dr Rouhani expressed happiness that business centres have played a smaller role in the more spread of the virus and new cases by observing the health protocols, and said, "The Promotional Committee should offer a policy package for changing the lifestyle and new behavioural habits for citizens, and take the necessary persuasive and promotional measures".

Appreciating the effective role of the media in managing and controlling the disease, the President added, "From now on, in addition to the warnings and instructions given for fighting the virus, effective and persuasive activities must be carried out to change the lifestyle, and the advertising committee is obliged to take effective measures through the media, including providing the necessary education".

Dr Rouhani emphasised, "According to the report provided by the Social-Security Committee and detailed studies, it was decided to apply new restrictions in areas with alarm or red status in a completely intelligent manner".

The President emphasised, "Honourable people should be aware that due to the experiences gained in recent months, the restrictions are not going to be general and the application of new restrictions is in accordance with the identified environments and based on effective methods".

Following the report of the Health Committee on the situation of the country's medical staff and human resources active in the field of health, Dr Rouhani said, "The honourable people of Iran should realise that the burden of treating the disease and caring for seriously-ill patients is on the medical staff".

The President warned, "Failure to follow the health instructions and increase in the number of patients will cause the country's medical staff to suffer from work and physical and mental exhaustion, and it will seriously damage the motivation of those who have worked with self-sacrifice and devotion, something that we should not let happen".

Dr Rouhani added, "What the National Task Force will review and approve in its next meeting, according to the set of issues and studies carried out by various committees will be executive and effective methods of monitoring instructions and smart physical distancing".

Emphasising that all government agencies and environments in which government employees work should be at the forefront of following health protocols, the president said, "All ministries are required to provide a comprehensive plan for adaptation to coronavirus to the Social-Security Committee to be reviewed and approved by the national task force".

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