February 26 - March 4, 2021:
March 5 – March 11:
The repeated advice of the Islamic Republic’s health officials in the past two weeks has been “Do not travel”. The ban on traveling to and from cities on red or orange alert has been unequivocally stated by the National Coronavirus Taskforce. But these cities number just 50, a considerable number of which are within Khuzestan, and vast swathes of the country are untouched by the guidance ahead of Iranian new year.
March 12 – March 18:
Fourteen months after the initial outbreak of coronavirus in Iran, the officially-recorded Covid-19 death toll in the country has now passed 61,500. The true figure is likely to be two to three times higher.
The Iranian government has admitted its Covid-19 vaccine rollout has failed and placed the blame on COVAX, the global initiative to ensure vaccines are shared fairly around the world. From now on, a government spokesman has said, the country will mostly rely on domestic vaccine production.
Yesterday’s daily coronavirus update from the Iranian Ministry of Health came with an unexpected addendum. "We recommend eating as much fruit as possible instead of sweets and chocolates during Nowruz," spokeswoman Dr Sima Sadat Lari told audiences.
In the coming days another 20 Iranian cities will be placed on high alert for coronavirus transmission, after a surge in New Year travel over the past two weeks.