News ID: 318070
Published: 0325 GMT November 20, 2021

Raeisi urges lifting night-time COVID curfew in major cities

Raeisi urges lifting night-time COVID curfew in major cities
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Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi addresses a meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus in Tehran on November 20, 2021.

National Desk

Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi called for the lifting of the restriction on nocturnal intra-city travel in the country’s major cities in view of the widespread vaccination of the people.

In an address to a meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus on Saturday, Raeisi added protecting people’s lives is his administration’s main concern, IRNA reported.

Praising efforts by the country’s healthcare staff who, ever since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country in late February 2020, have been making sacrifices to save people’s lives against COVID-19, he said by maintaining and lifting the spirit it will be possible to overcome problems.

Raeisi stressed that his administration will continue efforts in the fight against the coronavirus at full strength until favorable conditions are restored.

Underlining the importance of tightening control over points of exit and entry at borders, he urged the Interior Ministry and Health Ministry to be more sensitive and serious in this regard.

Following the president’s call, Tehran traffic police chief Teymour Hosseini told ISNA, “Once the directive is issued in this respect, we will lift the ban.”

Since the outbreak, Iran has grappled with fifth waves of COVID-19 infections, one greater and deadlier than the other.

To curb the spread, restrictions have been imposed by the authorities, among which has been a night-time curfew banning intra-city travel in major cities from 00:10 p.m. to 00:04 a.m.

Until a few weeks ago, Iran was grappling with a fifth wave of COVID-19 infections, seeing record high daily deaths and infections of over 700 and 40,000, respectively. Although the fifth wave has subsided on the back of the greater momentum of the public vaccination process, authorities keep warning against the start of a new wave, calling for full compliance with the health protocols.

Iran has produced a number of COVID vaccines domestically and received several COVID-19 vaccine batches from Russia (Sputnik V), China (Sinopharm), Japan (AstraZeneca) and India (COVAXIN).

According to a Saturday statement by the Iranian Health Ministry, 101,492,535 doses of COVID jabs have so far been administered, of which 56,473,162 have been given to people as the first dose, and 44,294,652 as the second dose.

The statement added daily COVID-19 deaths and cases stood at 118 and 3,539 during Friday to Saturday.

It said the total COVID-19 fatalities and cases since the beginning of the outbreak in the country stand at 128,852 and 6,073,098, respectively.

 

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Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi addresses a meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus in Tehran on November 20, 2021.

 

   
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Resource: IRNA
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