Iran Returns to Lockdown Tehran

Iran Returns to Lockdown Tehran

Iran has imposed a lockdown in the capital Tehran and the province of Alborz. This decision was taken after cases of Covid-19 infection reached a record high during the fifth outbreak.

Iranian television stations reported that in order to contain the spread of the more contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, only essential businesses were allowed to remain open. Most offices, cinemas and sports facilities should be closed.

Iran, which is the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Middle East, reported 27,444 cases of infection on Tuesday (20/7). It broke the previous record set on April 14 when infection cases increased by 25,582.

Meanwhile, the number of deaths increased by 250, bringing the total number of deaths from the corona virus to 87,624. On social media, Iranians say the government has failed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

Iran's coronavirus vaccination program has also been slow. Only 2.3 million in a country of 83 million people have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Meanwhile, as with all problems in the country, the Iranian government is again blaming the US sanctions. The government says Washington's sanctions are hampering efforts to buy foreign vaccines and slowing shipments.