Iran sets new record for virus infections amid holiday surge

Iran has shattered its daily record for new coronavirus infections for the second consecutive day, with 20,954 new cases reported

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.

Wednesday’s infection count easily surpassed the previous record set Tuesday of 17,430 infections. That signals the biggest surge in over four months.

Tehran, the capital, and several other major cities were declared so-called “red zones” this week, which have the most severe restrictions in place and the highest virus positivity rate. Over 85% of the country now has the “red” or “orange” infection status, authorities said.

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