Iran tightens COVID-19 curbs, but some streets still busy

TEHRAN: Iran introduced tougher restrictions on Saturday to stem a third wave of coronavirus infections, including closing non-essential businesses and travel curbs, but state media reported widespread flouting of the rules. “Tehran streets are crowded despite the restrictions,” state TV said on Saturday morning. It said some non-essential businesses were open, but later showed mostly empty streets and shuttered shops.
The semi-official ISNA news agency posted photos of crammed metro trains with the hashtag “Coronavirus kills.” Other media sites posted photos of packed buses. Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi said the 10 per cent of people who ignore the health regulations could spread the virus to 80 per cent of the population, adding that family gatherings were the main cause of infections.
To encourage people to stay at home, the government has ordered the closure of non-essential businesses and services in 160 high risk “red” towns and cities, where more than 53 million people live, as well as a ban on cars leaving or entering these locations. — Reuters