Authorities have blamed the surge above all on millions of Iranians ignoring guidelines and travelling or holding family gatherings during Nowruz, the Iranian New Year holiday that ran for two weeks from March 20. Health officials have called on Iranians to avoid unnecessary trips and stay home. Some reports suggested that most of Iran’s 31 provinces have moved from the lower risk orange level to coronavirus red alert.
(Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Mark Heinrich) Tehran’s Grand Bazaar and several other businesses have been closed for two weeks, Iranian state media said, following a sharp increase in infections over the past days.
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