While Iran is facing the worst case of the coronavirus epidemic, however, pilots in Tehran are still pouring into its subways and buses every working day, just as the patient’s pictures are repeatedly shown on television every night.
After facing criticism for reducing the virus last year, Iranian authorities reintroduced a number of measures to curb its spread.
But in this country of 84 million people, who are facing severe penalties in the US, many are struggling to earn enough money to feed their families.
Economic pressures, along with the temporary uncertainty about the availability of vaccines in the country, have led many people to withdraw from the community, seeing it as a great opportunity. This has caused health officials to fear that a catastrophic outbreak will continue.
Iran now offers its highest numbers than the coronavirus – more than 25,000 a day. The daily death toll has risen to about 400, down from 486 in November.
During Iran’s last major outbreak, about 20,000 coronavirus patients were hospitalized across the country. Today, that number is over 40,000. The health ministry has warned that the number will rise to 60,000 in the coming weeks. Iran is still among the most affected countries in the world and the most affected in the Middle East.
President Hassan Rouhani has criticized the slow-moving spread of the first virus in Britain, which the government claims to have originated in neighboring Iraq. International travel has been banned since March, although people continue to cross every day.
Overall, Iran has seen 2.2 million cases and 67,000 deaths.
Iran has vaccinated more than 500,000 vaccines, according to the WHO. Extras, however, are limited.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has banned American and British vaccines from making coronaviruses, saying their importation is “banned” because they do not trust those countries.
Khamenei has agreed to import vaccines from “safe” countries, such as China and Russia, and has supported international efforts to develop a home-based vaccine with the help of Cuba.