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IRAN BEATS A DAY RECORD OF NEW COVID CASES FOR THE SECOND DAY IN A CONSECUTIVE
Iran recorded more than 34,900 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, setting the national record for single-day cases as vaccinations lag, public complacency intensifies and the country’s epidemic grows to more and more uncontrollable.
The previous record of 31,814 infections had only been set a day earlier, giving some idea of how quickly Iran’s latest wave, fueled by the contagious delta variant, is mounting. Health authorities recorded 357 deaths from Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total death toll to 89,479 – the highest in the Middle East.
The alarming spread of the variant resulted in new antivirus restrictions last week. The government has ordered the closure of state offices, public places and non-essential businesses in the capital of Tehran. But as with previous government measures, the lockdown looked very little like a lockdown. Tehran’s malls and markets were busy as usual, and workers crowded offices and metro stations.
Iranian authorities have avoided imposing harsh rules on a population that can little afford to put up with them. The country, which has suffered the region’s worst virus outbreak, is reeling from a series of crises: tough US sanctions, global isolation, heat wave, the worst blackouts in recent memory and ongoing protests over the shortages of water in the southwest.
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