Tehran, Iran – Authorities in Iran have been pressured to impose recent nationwide restrictions after lack of management over travels in the course of the Persian new 12 months holidays final month led to an explosive rise in COVID-19 circumstances.

On Saturday, authorities reported 19,666 circumstances throughout the nation, with the determine solely second behind the best single-day determine of twenty-two,478 circumstances registered a day earlier.

Iran has reported greater than two million circumstances for the reason that begin of the pandemic, together with 64,232 deaths, 193 of these being reported prior to now 24 hours.

Beginning Saturday, all areas throughout Iran will endure numerous levels of restrictions based mostly on how they’ve been categorised underneath a colour-coded scale denoting the severity of outbreaks.

Iran’s coronavirus map seems to be like a sea of pink as greater than 250 cities, together with all 32 province centres, are actually categorised “pink”, indicating the best stage of severity.

In these areas, solely important providers can proceed whereas academic actions, dine-in at eating places, cinemas, procuring centres, and quite a lot of retail distributors should shut down.

Travelling to these areas utilizing private automobiles can even be prohibited whereas as much as 50 % of workers can be allowed inside workplaces.

A curfew is in place throughout the nation for personal automobiles from 10pm to 3am.

Nonetheless, a report by state tv from the streets of Tehran confirmed site visitors jams and other people crammed in public transport on their solution to work on Saturday.

“They are saying it’s closed however every thing is open,” a citizen advised the state TV reporter in entrance of a packed bus.

Fourth wave

Final week, Iran introduced the nation is dealing with a fourth wave of infections which might be the most important thus far.

The announcement got here weeks after tens of tens of millions of individuals have been allowed to journey throughout the nation and make in-person visits to household and mates throughout two-week holidays for Nowruz, the Iranian new 12 months, that was celebrated on March 20.

On Saturday, in a televised tackle throughout a session of the nationwide anti-coronavirus activity drive, President Hassan Rouhani stated the primary motive for the fourth wave is the large-scale entry of the COVID-19 variant first present in the UK by way of the nation’s western borders with Iraq.

Iranian well being officers now estimate that greater than half of all circumstances reported throughout Iran are of the UK variant.

The president stated massively elevated procuring exercise previous to Nowruz, in-person visits on the day of Nowruz, and weddings prior to now two months have been the opposite large causes behind the rise. Nowruz travels “that have been made with out following protocols” additionally contributed to the numbers, he added.

Rouhani stated on common solely 56 % of individuals are actually following well being tips.

“If greater than 90 % of individuals observe protocols, then we gained’t have a brand new wave. Our healthcare staff are drained. Our society is drained,” he stated.

Iran has imported greater than 1.7 million doses of coronavirus vaccines from Russia, China, India, and thru COVAX, a worldwide vaccine initiative.

Three domestically manufactured candidates are additionally present process human trials and 5 extra are within the works.

However lower than 1 % of the nation’s inhabitants of greater than 82 million individuals has been vaccinated thus far.