Iran: Persian New Year fire festival celebrations muted amid coronavirus outbreak

Tehran residents were filmed celebrating the traditional Iranian New Year festival of fire, Chaharshanbe Suri, in small groups across the capital on Tuesday evening, as this year's festivities were scaled down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Footage shows people jumping over fires and shooting fireworks into the sky. «It is very quiet this year due to coronavirus,» said Ali, a local... Еще. «We bring our kids outside every day, now it has been three weeks that we have been in our house because of the coronavirus,» Razieh, a mother of two, added. «We have decided to watch it from the parking so they can enjoy it. It has been boring for them during these weeks. I hope these tough conditions will be over soon.» Iran remains the hardest-hit nation in the Middle East with nearly 16,000 COVID-19 infections and 988 deaths, as of Tuesday evening.

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