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Iran to lift travel ban from April 20

Announcement follows the easing of some social-distancing regulations on the business sector

Iran to lift travel ban from April 20

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Image: AFP/Getty Images

Iran will lift a ban on civilians traveling between provinces from April 20, President Hassan Rouhani said on state television.

The announcement follows the easing of some social-distancing regulations on the business sector as Iran tries to alleviate the virus’s toll on its sanctions-hit economy.

Iranians in several provinces reported a significant increase in cars on the roads as people went back to work, as some said the government's relaxation of measures was sending mixed messages.

Some government employees are allowed to work from home but many still have to show up at offices.

The death toll in Iran has risen to 4,357, with over 70,000 known cases.

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