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Buses and taxis in Tehran are now geared up with plastic dividers separating passengers from drivers, as part of social distancing measures implemented during the coronavirus outbreak.

Footage filmed on Wednesday shows taxi drivers wearing masks, disinfecting their cars and using hand sanitisers.

Taxi driver, Mohammad Ebrahim Saghafi, said that such measures are important for drivers' protection, as well as for their families and passengers themselves.

"By doing so, we are decreasing the chance of spreading the virus to another person and our family as well," he added.

Another taxi driver, Ehsan Javadi, expressed a different opinion, saying: "I do not personally believe in this action, as well as what has been proved and said by the media about the virus, it will be alive for two days on the surface and this plastic cover is not an exception."

According to reports, Iran has implemented new social distancing measures to prevent further spread of the virus by limiting the number of passengers traveling by taxis and banning cash payment methods.

As of Wednesday, there have been 64,586 confirmed coronavirus cases and almost 4,000 deaths after being tested for the disease, according to data published by Johns Hopkins University.

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