“All basic commodities of people have been supplied by the ministry of industry, mine and trade and we are not faced with any problem to meet people’s needs for the next 6 months and people should not have any concerns,” Goudarzi said on Sunday.
He added that all commercial centers should be closed for the next 10 days except for major chain stores supplying foodstuff and other basic needs as well as pharmacies and gas stations as part of new restrictive measures to stem the coronavirus outbreak.
Goudarzi said that new social distancing directives about what activities were and were not allowed in the capital had been issued for the megapolis of some 12 million.
Only hypermarkets and drug stores are allowed to stay open and other businesses breaching the order will be penalized, he added.
The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting over 170 countries and territories around the world. The virus was first reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. It has so far killed more than 14,600 people and infected over 340,000 others globally.
Iran reported on Sunday 1,685 fatalities and 21,638 cases of infection. Meanwhile, 7,913 people have recovered.
The new restrictions come as Iran is stepping up its campaign to curtial a further spread of the disease.
Head of Iran’s Food and Drug Administration Mohammad Reza Shanehsaz said pharmacies across the country are replenished with protective masks, hand sanitizers and other hygiene products and there is no shortage in this regard.
Alcohol production by Iranian companies has doubled in recent weeks.
“We are currently producing 400,000 liters of alcohol on a daily basis,” Shanehsaz said.