Iran sets new record for virus infections amid holiday surge

Iran shatters its daily record for new coronavirus infections for the second consecutive day, with recorded cases soaring to 20,954.

The country is in the midst of one of the most severe surges of the coronavirus to date, following a two-week public holiday for Nowruz, the Persian New Year, which drove millions to travel to popular vacation spots across the country, crowd markets and congregate in homes for parties in defiance of government health guidelines.

There appears to be no respite in sight, as the country’s vaccine rollout lags, with only just over 200,000 vaccine doses having been administered in the country of 84 million, according to the World Health Organization.

People wearing protective face masks to help prevent the spread of coronavirus walk in downtown Tehran, Iran, Monday, April 5, 2021 (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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