Iran Tightens Covid Curbs As Cases, Deaths Surge
Tehran, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Aug, 2021 ) :Iran on Saturday announced new curbs to combat the spread of Covid-19 as deaths and infections surge and as the country tries to speed up its vaccination campaign.
The Islamic republic is struggling to the contain what officials have called a "fifth wave" of the virus caused by the highly infectious Delta variant.
Health authorities acknowledge that the official figures underestimate the country's real toll.
Iran has avoided imposing a full lockdown on its 83-million-strong population, instead resorting to piecemeal measures such as temporary travel bans and business closures.
Authorities have recently tried to speed up the inoculation campaign amid criticism that it began too late and as the country's exhausted health system struggles to cope with rising case numbers.
The government announced recently that teachers, transport workers and Iranians aged over 53 were eligible to receive the jab.
She told AFP that the centre was currently distributing Sinopharm vaccines, but that the type of jab being administered might differ from day to day.
Raisi told a Covid taskforce meeting on Saturday that 30 million doses would be imported and made available "in a short time".