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.
Alireza Raeesi, a spokesman for the National Coronavirus Taskforce, said on Monday, March 29 that the Taskforce is expecting to see a rise in infections across the western and central parts of the country.
He warned again about the outset of a “fourth wave” of coronavirus in Iran, citing the worst-affected cities as Shabestar and Miyaneh in East Azerbaijan, Najafabad in Isfahan, Savojbolagh, Fardis and Nazarabad in Alborz province, Dashtestan in Bushehr, Shahriyar in Tehran province, Borujen in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Kermanshah City, Delfan and Selseleh in Lorestan, and Saveh and Arak in Markazi. All of these locations are set to be shortly placed on “orange” alert whil Abdanan in Ilam and Azna in Lorestan are likely to be classed as “red”.
Elsewhere in the cities of Isfahan, Shiraz, Zanjan and Rafsanjan, the number of new Covid-19 hospitalizations has increased rapidly over the holidays and these cities are also likely to see their alert level upgraded to orange.
The Health Ministry’s latest figures rate 23 and 44 cities red and orange respectively, and travel to and from these locations is banned.
Ministry spokeswoman Dr Sima Sadat Lari also said that in the 24 hours leading up to midday on Monday, another 81 Iranians were recorded as having died from Covid-19, bringing the officially-reported number of deaths from Covid-19 in Iran to 62,478.
Another 9,310 new cases of coronavirus infection were identified in the same period, and a total of 1,157 new Covid-19 were admitted to hospital. There are now a total of 3,940 people with coronavirus being treated in hospitals in Iran.