TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran on Tuesday broke a new record for new daily coronavirus cases in the country, even as Tehran and its surroundings were stranded, a week-long measure imposed amid a new wave pandemic.
The country’s health ministry announced 27,444 new cases and 250 deaths in the last day, bringing the total death toll to 87,624 among more than 3.5 million confirmed cases in the pandemic.
Iran on Tuesday embarked on another lockdown – the country’s fifth so far – which is expected to last until next Monday. All closed bazaars, markets and public offices, as well as cinemas, gymnasiums and restaurants, both in Tehran province and in neighboring Alborz province.
On Monday, the governor of Tehran province, Anoushiravan Bandpay, announced a code red, indicating that all hospitals in the province have reached their full capacity.
In a previous increase in the number of cases in April, Iran reported the highest daily number of cases, 25,582. At the time, the daily death toll climbed to around 400, below from the dismal record of 486 reached last November.
Iranian authorities recently warned of a new wave, fueled by the fast-spreading delta variant. In sanctions-stricken Iran, which has the highest death toll from COVID-19 in the Middle East, less than 2% of the population of 84 million received both doses, mostly imported Russian vaccines and Chinese.