Iran’s rapid rise in Covid-19 cases stokes fears of second wave

People in face masks at a subway station in Tehran.

Date of Publication: June 1, 2020

Source: The Guardian

There have been internal pressures to lift restrictions and restart the economy in Iran. This past weekend, it was announced that most restrictions had now been lifted. However, 2979 new cases and 81 deaths in the previous 24 hours raises concern.

According to the health ministry, social distancing has reduced from 90% to 40% and there has been overcrowding on busses. The health ministry officials have sent a warning about complacency. The health minister, Saeed Namaki shares, “My colleagues and the deputies of the ministry of health are working around the clock and traveling to one province every day to control this epidemic, but we are dealing with local issues and behaviours that could lead to the return of the peak of the disease.”

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Summary by: Jayoti Rana