People wearing protective face masks and gloves shop at Dubai mall after the UAE government eased a curfew and allowed stores to open, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Dubai [Rula Rouhana/Reuters]

Many countries have started easing lockdown restrictions that were put in place to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

In the Middle East, several Gulf states have now relaxed their restrictions, including reopening malls with limited capacity. 


Precautionary measures, such as wearing face masks and gloves while maintaining social distancing remain in place.


Iran – one of the worst-hit countries with more than 6,200 official deaths – announced it will reopen mosques in areas consistently free of the coronavirus.

On Sunday, President Hassan Rouhani said 132

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