Tehran, Iran – Last month, the Iranian authorities were forced to impose new restrictions across the country due to a lack of control over travel on the Persian New Year holiday, leading to an explosive increase in the Kovid-19 case.
On Saturday, authorities reported 19,666 cases across the country, the second highest since the single day of 22,478 cases a day earlier.
Iran has filed more than two million lawsuits since the epidemic began, killing 644,222 of the 1933 victims in the last 24 hours.
Beginning Saturday, all regions across Iran will go through a variety of restrictions that reflect the severity of the outbreaks of how they are classified according to color-coded scale.
The coronavirus map of Iran looks like the Red Sea because more than 250 cities, including the centers of 32 provinces, are now classified as “red”, indicating the highest levels of intensity.
Only necessary services can be continued in these areas when educational activities, restaurants, cinemas, shopping centers and a variety of retailers have to close.
Travel to the regions using private vehicles will be prohibited and 50% of employees will be allowed inside the office.
There is a nationwide curfew for private vehicles from 10pm to 3am.
However, a report on state television from the streets of Tehran showed that traffic jams and people had gathered on public transport on the way to work on Saturday.
“They say it’s closed but everything is open,” one citizen told a state TV reporter in front of a packed bus.
The fourth wave
Last week, Iran announced that the country was facing a fourth wave of infections that would be the largest ever.
The announcement comes just weeks after millions of people were allowed to travel across the country and have personal interviews with family and friends during the two-week Iranian New Year holiday, which is celebrated for the Iranian New Year on March 20th.
In a televised speech during a session of the National Anti-Coronavirus Task Force on Saturday, President Hassan Rouhani said the main reason for the fourth wave was the large-scale entry of the first COVID-19 variant found in the UK on the country’s western border with Iraq.
Iranian health officials now estimate that more than half of all cases reported across Iran are UK variants.
The President said the massive increase in shopping activities before Nowruz, personal visits on Nowruz days and marriages in the last two months were the major reasons behind this increase. He added that Nowruz travel “was made without following protocol” also contributed to these numbers.
Rouhani said an average of 56 percent of people are currently following health guidelines.
“If more than 90 percent of people follow protocol, we won’t have new waves. Our healthcare workers are tired. Our society is tired, ”he said.
Iran has imported more than 1.7 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine from worldwide vaccine initiatives through Russia, China, India and Kovacs.
Three locally produced candidates are also going through the humanities test and five more are in the works.
So far, however, less than 1 percent of the population of more than 72 million people have been vaccinated.