The Iranian government has recommended that the population not travel on the occasion of the upcoming celebration of Ashura Day, a particularly important holiday within the Shiite community, and that authorities may be concerned about possible outbreaks of the coronavirus this year.
Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari has admitted that massive population movement two weeks later leads to spikes in COVID-19 cases and another two weeks later to spikes in deaths from the disease, according to the IRNA Agency.
For this reason, he has called on the population to be aware of the risks of a pandemic that is already causing 365,606 cases in the Islamic Republic, 2,243 more than on Tuesday. Of these new cases, 1,121 correspond to hospital patients.
The death toll rose to 21,020 after 119 more deaths from consequences of COVID-19 were confirmed. Authorities estimate that more than 3,800 people are admitted to intensive care units in severe condition.