While Iran weathered a punishing first wave that made it an early epicenter of the pandemic in March and April, it has largely kept the virus in check since then.
But months of mismanagement and bad governance have endangered Iran's ability to contain the outbreak. Supplies of medical equipment are running low, health workers have been unpaid for months, and, most alarmingly, about $ 800 million in emergency funds to fight the virus appear to have disappeared, the country's health minister Saeed Namaki said on Tuesday Wednesday.
With signs that the country might be heading for a second wave, Mr. Rouhani appeared to be delegating some control in hopes of forestalling a resurgence.
Iranian news broadcasts said local officials could shut down a number of public spaces, including schools, mosques and businesses.
A Maryland man was sentenced to one year in prison after taking on parties violating the state lockdown.
A man from Hughesville, Md., Was sentenced to one year in prison and fined $ 5,000 for hosting two parties in March that violated Governor Larry Hogan's Emergency Ordinance that banned large gatherings from dividing the local authorities on Friday.
The man, Shawn Marshall Myers, 42, was arrested on March 27 after hosting two parties with more than 50 guests just five days apart, according to Charles County prosecutors. Mr Meyers had argued with police officers when asked to close the parties and refused to ask guests to leave when the police replied the second time, resulting in his arrest.
At the time, Mr. Hogan's orders prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people. Mr. Myers was not arrested after agreeing to close the first meeting but was eventually convicted of two cases of non-compliance with an emergency order, one for each party.