Cases of Covid-19 infection continue to increase in Iran. Due to the fifth wave of corona in the country, an increase in the number of patients is being recorded. Meanwhile, a week-long strict lockdown has been announced to control the infection. During this time road traffic will be completely banned. Along with this, orders have been issued to keep all non-essential businesses and offices closed from Monday to August 21 under nationwide lockdown.
In view of the nationwide lockdown, all forms of traffic have also been banned from Sunday till August 27, except for official vehicles. National Coronavirus Task Force spokesman Alireza Raisi said that all roads will be completely closed during the ban. Only vehicles and ambulances engaged in the work of delivering essential goods have been allowed. Strict restrictions have been imposed on all vehicles.
Persistent increase in infections
The country’s health ministry on Saturday reported 466 daily deaths with a total of 29,700 new cases of infection. Which is less than the record daily figure of 588 deaths reported on Monday. According to official figures, the total number of deaths due to corona infection in the country has increased to 97,208.
Significantly, the government is constantly facing criticism for the slow vaccination pace in the country. Social media users have accused the country’s government of mismanagement regarding vaccination. In Iran’s total population of 8 crores 30 lakh, only 38 lakh people have been vaccinated so far. Among the country’s officials, the US has been blamed for the slow pace of vaccination. The barriers to efforts to purchase foreign vaccines and delays in their delivery are the result of US sanctions, a statement said. Due to which the speed of vaccination is being adversely affected.