Iran to Hold Quds Day Rallies In Compliance With Outbreak Protocols - Rouhani
By Staff, Agencies
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the country will hold Quds Day events in compliance with protocols set to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.
Speaking on Saturday, Rouhani also said that Eid al-Fitr prayers, which mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, will be held in religious centers across the country.
He added, however, that the prayers will only be held in local religious centers as opposed to major prayer grounds where worshippers usually convene in each city to mark the event.
Rouhani, who made the comments addressing the National Headquarters against the Coronavirus, said that Quds Day will also be commemorated in “white” regions where the coronavirus is not deemed a threat.
He added that Quds Day will take place without its usual annual rallies and will instead be held within the perimeters of Friday prayers, which coincide with Quds Day.
Rouhani exempted the capital Tehran from the measure, where the Quds Day event will be organized in the form of a car protest.
“It will be a symbolic measure using vehicles and it will be organized by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps [IRGC],” he said.
As a legacy of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini, Quds Day has been designated on the last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan to mark worldwide Muslim solidarity with the Palestinian cause.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani said that Iranians have to recognize that the country’s “difficult days” have yet to go by and that the country is still facing a “dangerous virus”.
He added that the country has to prepare itself for “a few months of life with the coronavirus”.
“However, our situation is better than before,” Rouhani added.
“During this time, people and health workers have become much more adept,” in countering the coronavirus, he said.
“During the initial days of the outbreak, we didn’t know if our N95 masks were enough or whether we could make our own…we didn’t know if we had enough ventilators or if we could produce our own,” he said.
“Today, we have gone past that,” he added.
Despite facing brutal US sanctions during the coronavirus outbreak, Iran managed to quickly develop its own mass production lines for medical supplies such as ventilators, test kits, masks and disinfectants.
Iran has also exported medical supplies and equipment to other countries.