Iran to Impose Six-day Lockdown as New Coronavirus Wave Creates Chaos

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Iran will impose a six-day national lockdown from Monday amid a soaring death toll from a fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The national coronavirus taskforce ordered all markets, public offices, banks, cinemas, gyms, restaurants and nonessential businesses in every city to be closed until next Saturday, and banned travel between all cities from Sunday to Friday.

Iran has suffered the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the Middle East, driven recently by the highly infectious delta variant of the coronavirus. On Saturday, it reported 466 deaths and 29,700 new cases of coronavirus patients in a single day. That brought the total pandemic death toll to 97,208, and total confirmed cases to 4,389,085.

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