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Iran breaks another record for daily virus cases

Iran's daily COVID-19 cases are at a similar level to the previous high points in April. The vaccine is still not available for most of the population, and the capital is under lockdown.
Bank Parsian

Iran has once again broken its record for confirmed COVID-19 cases in 24 hours on Tuesday. The coronavirus continues to spread rapidly in the country amid a lockdown and limited vaccine progress.

The Iranian Health Ministry registered 27,244 new virus cases on Tuesday, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported, a new daily record, according to The Associated Press.

Iran’s COVID-19 cases are at a similar level to the previous historic highs in April. The country of more than 80 million is currently registering around 22,000 new infections a day. Daily deaths have been rising since June and average 200 a day, lower than the all-time high of more than 400 a day in November, according to Reuters.

The capital Tehran and the adjacent Alborz province went into a six-day lockdown on Tuesday in an attempt to mitigate the virus’ spread.

The Islamic Republic’s vaccine rollout has been relatively slow so far, and only 7% of the population has received at least one vaccine dose, according to the Oxford University-based Our World in Data. The government approved a second domestically produced vaccine in June and said a vaccination campaign for the wider population will begin in September. The vaccine has been offered to elderly residents and medical workers so far.

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