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Iran: Businesses close as part of new lockdown measures amid surge in COVID cases02:27

Iran: Businesses close as part of new lockdown measures amid surge in COVID cases

Iran, Islamic Republic of, Tehran
November 21, 2020 at 19:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Businesses closed in Tehran on Saturday, as part of new lockdown measures imposed in Iran, as the country faces an alarming surge in coronavirus cases.

All non-essential travel and businesses were shut in an effort to curb the spread of infections. Tehran's bazaars and markets, which are normally bustling with life and trade, were completely deserted.

Locals shared their reaction to the new measures.

"I dare (to say) 50 percent of our population are all working class and employees, and really, with this inflation and the economic situation, their daily income does not provide them with a living. Now that the government has announced lockdown for two weeks, our expectation is what economic plan does it have for this poor group so that the people can provide their livelihood in these two weeks," said Tehran resident Yousef Salmani.

Some shopkeepers who had their businesses shut down supported the public health measures to an extent. "Given that the corona(virus) numbers have risen sharply, it was a good move. Our medical staff was really tired, the government was not accountable, it was necessary," said shopkeeper Reza Saberi.

Tehran hopes the strict lockdown will curb the spread of infections as it continues to handle the economic fallout and the recent resignation of top health officials.

Iran currently records 841,308 coronavirus cases and 44,327 deaths, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University.

Iran: Businesses close as part of new lockdown measures amid surge in COVID cases02:27
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Businesses closed in Tehran on Saturday, as part of new lockdown measures imposed in Iran, as the country faces an alarming surge in coronavirus cases.

All non-essential travel and businesses were shut in an effort to curb the spread of infections. Tehran's bazaars and markets, which are normally bustling with life and trade, were completely deserted.

Locals shared their reaction to the new measures.

"I dare (to say) 50 percent of our population are all working class and employees, and really, with this inflation and the economic situation, their daily income does not provide them with a living. Now that the government has announced lockdown for two weeks, our expectation is what economic plan does it have for this poor group so that the people can provide their livelihood in these two weeks," said Tehran resident Yousef Salmani.

Some shopkeepers who had their businesses shut down supported the public health measures to an extent. "Given that the corona(virus) numbers have risen sharply, it was a good move. Our medical staff was really tired, the government was not accountable, it was necessary," said shopkeeper Reza Saberi.

Tehran hopes the strict lockdown will curb the spread of infections as it continues to handle the economic fallout and the recent resignation of top health officials.

Iran currently records 841,308 coronavirus cases and 44,327 deaths, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University.

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