Iran announced on Sunday that it is reimposing COVID-19 restrictions on major cities, as the spread of the highly contagious delta variant raises fears of another devastating surge in the country.
After more than a year fighting the worst outbreak of the coronavirus in the Middle East, Iran has ordered the closure of non-essential businesses in 275 cities – including the capital, Tehran.
The closure of all public parks, restaurants, pastry shops, beauty parlors, malls and bookstores applies to the country’s “red” and “orange” areas, or municipalities classified as at increased risk from COVID-19.
The government said it is also imposing travel bans between cities with high infection rates.
Iran’s new restrictions are aimed at slowing the spread of the delta type first detected in India, which President Hassan Rouhani warned on Saturday was leading to a possible “fifth wave” of infections in the country. Reports of new cases have risen steadily in recent weeks, nearly doubling from mid-June to early July.
The country has reported a total of 3.2 million infections and 84,627 deaths – the highest toll in the region.
The rise comes as vaccine rollouts are lagging in Iran, where less than 2% of the population of 84 million have received a full vaccination, according to the online scientific publication Our World in Data. Iran says it has given about 6.3 million doses so far.
The shots came mainly from abroad, including COVAX, an international initiative aimed at distributing vaccines to low- and middle-income countries. Iran also imported Chinese state-backed Sinopharm vaccines and Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine.
What’s happening all over Canada
As of 11:40 a.m. ET Sunday, Canada has reported 1416,878 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 6,173 considered active. CBC News has a death toll of 26,358. More than 38 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered so far across the country.
at British Columbia, 78.5 percent of the eligible population received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. About 33 percent of those eligible received a second dose.
in the meadows, Saskatchewan 49 new COVID-19 cases recorded and Manitoba Added 48 and another death on Saturday while in AlbertaThe demand for first picks has sluggish over the past two weeks.
Ontario On Sunday, 213 new infections and nine more deaths were recorded
Beginning Monday at 8 a.m., residents ages 12-17 will be eligible to book an appointment to receive a second shot from Pfizer through the regional reservation system. They must wait 28 days between doses, as recommended by the Ontario Department of Health.
Watch | Manitoba is looking at why COVID-19 is affecting the health care system so badly:
at Quebec, the opening hours of the vaccination clinic at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal will be extended on July 5 due to a close view of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, which will take place at the Bell Center. People who wish to have the vaccination on site can do so from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays.
in Atlantic Canada, new bronze Saw a new case on Sunday.
Nova ScotiaWhich confirmed three new cases on Sunday, says international travelers can start entering the province again on Monday.
at Prince Edward Island, more than 82 percent of the eligible population received the first vaccine dose, with just under 24 percent complete vaccinations.
Meanwhile, the main drag of Newfoundland and Labrador The capital is now open to pedestrians only, with St. John’s reopening a pedestrian center along Water Street downtown. The companies built patios extending across the sidewalk and onto the road where patrons could dine, shop and drink.
John City Council introduced the pedestrian center last year as a way to encourage people to stay outdoors safely during the pandemic.
in the north, Yukon Health officials are now working to reduce the number of visitors to long-term care homes as the region has recorded 31 infections over the past two days. More than 300 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Yukon since June 1.
Nunavut reported 10 new infections; and in Northwest TerritoriesMask and appointment requirements will be raised at many Yellowknife institutions — such as the public library and pools — on Monday.
What is happening around the world
As of Sunday morning, more than 183.5 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, according to data it published. Johns Hopkins University in the United States of America. The reported global death toll was more than 3.9 million.
at EuropeThe UK government is working to ease pandemic restrictions in England on July 19.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said Sunday that the data that will decide whether this can happen appears “very positive” due to the success of the vaccination programme.
In an interview with Sky News, he said people can expect a shift towards “personal choice” when it comes to wearing masks.
Watch | Europe is seeing an increase in coronavirus cases:
Jenrick told the BBC: Andrew Marr Shaw, However, cases of COVD-19 may continue to rise dramatically as restrictions are eased.
“But now we have to move into a different period where we learn to live with the virus, we take precautions, and we as individuals take personal responsibility,” he said.
at Africa, South Africa reported a record 26,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, its second record toll in as many days, as the third wave of infections spread among the largely unvaccinated population.
at asia, The Indonesian government said on Sunday that Indonesia has ordered oxygen makers to prioritize medical needs amid the increasing demand from COVID-19 patients.
In a statement, Sargeto Hospital on the island of Java said 63 patients died after nearly running out of oxygen during the period from Saturday until early Sunday, when new supplies arrived.
However, a hospital spokesperson could not confirm whether all of the dead suffered from COVID-19.
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