Iran in Lock-down
By Micah Halpern
Thursday April 8, 2021
Iran announced a 10-day lockdown. The announcement was made after a fourth wave of COVID hit the country hard, very hard. This information was made public by state media.
Using state media in this way is not at all typical of Iranian leadership. Under normal circumstances, Iran would not want outsiders to know the extent of their damage and the enormity of the threat. But COVID is not normal and they needed to inform the public of the shutdown so they bit the bullet and used the media for all to see.
The decision was made to shutter 23 of Iranís 31 provinces for 10 days. Shuttering means no schools, no theater, no sports and the closing of all public gatherings.
Ramadan begins in the midst of the closure. This year, that means that there will be no families gathering together to break their fasts as is the custom.
The psychological pain of this closure will surely have a harsh impact on the people of Iran.
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