Iran: Quiet streets on Persian New Year amid coronavirus outbreak

Streets appeared almost deserted in Tehran, with some occasional drivers and passers-by, over coronavirus concerns as the Persian New Year or 'Nowruz' kicked off on Friday. 'Nowruz' marks the end of the old year and the beginning of a new one occurring on the spring equinox. Iranians normally celebrate it by travelling, but this time, authorities have asked people to stay at home, although they... Еще have not imposed a mandatory quarantine. Iran remains the hardest-hit nation in the Middle East with 18,407 COVID-19 infections and 1,284 deaths as of Wednesday morning.

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