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Fears grow that omicron variant may soon engulf Iran

A rapid outbreak of omicron, the most recent coronavirus variant, has health officials in Iran calling for severe restrictions once again.
Mask-clad Iranians gather in a mosque in the capital, Tehran, on Oct. 22, 2021.

A senior Iranian health official warned that unless measures are tightened it will only be a few weeks before the new coronavirus variant, omicron, dominates the country.

Hamid-Reza Jama’ati, who chairs the scientific committee of the National Coronavirus Taskforce, advised the Iranian government to reinstate strict measures for at least four weeks to curb the new variant. Those restrictions, according to Jama’ati, should include a full closure on schools, universities, restaurants, hotels and family gatherings.

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