Tehran imposes curbs as Covid cases hit all-time high – MENAFN.COM

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Tehran imposes curbs as Covid cases hit all-time high – MENAFN.COM

(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Iran sought to contain a new record surge in Covid cases, with government offices, banks and many businesses shut in the capital Tehran yesterday. Already hit by the deadliest outbreak in the Middle East, the Islamic republic has been gripped by what authorities warned would be a"fifth wave" driven by the aggressive Delta variant. To contain it, the national virus taskforce ordered government offices and banks in the Tehran and neighbouring Alborz province to close for six days from Monday evening, the first time such a step has been taken. Most non-essential shops as well as malls and cinemas were also shut. The sprawling capital city's streets had limited traffic with almost empty sidewalks on Tuesday morning, an AFP journalist reported. Iran has so far avoided imposing a full nationwide lockdown, employing instead limited measures such as temporary travel bans and business closures. Mehdi, an employee at a trade company, was sceptical the restrictions would curb infections. "It won't be effective," he said."If people stay at home and don't go anywhere, it might "” but as soon as there's a holiday, everyone starts travelling." Iran celebrates the Eid al-Adha holiday today, ahead of the weekend. State