General closure in Iran and mandatory vaccination in Canada


The relevant authorities in Iran said they will impose a “general closure” for 6 days in major cities across the country after it was hit by what it describes as the fifth wave, state media reported, Saturday.

The closure includes all bazaars, markets and public offices, as well as cinemas, gyms and restaurants in all Iranian cities.

A spokesman for the National Committee to Combat Corona in Iran, Ali Reza Raisi, said that non-essential shops will be closed for a period of 6 days, starting from Monday, due to the escalation of the outbreak of the Corona virus.

Raisi said in statements to state television, Saturday, that a holiday was announced between August 16 and 21 due to the increased outbreak of the epidemic.

He explained that during the holiday shopping centers, state institutions and banks will be closed, with the exception of basic institutions and shops.

An intercity travel ban was also announced from August 15 to August 21.

The number of new cases in Iran reached about 40,000 per day this week, with more than 500 patients dying on Thursday, both numbers higher than previous records set during the last major wave of the coronavirus in late 2020.

Libya lifts curfew

The Libyan government decided, on Friday, to lift the partial curfew imposed within the restrictions of the Corona virus, as of Saturday.

This came on the lips of the Minister of State for Prime Minister and Cabinet Affairs, Adel Jumaa, in statements to the “Our Government” (governmental) platform, on Friday.

The minister stressed, “the need to take measures regarding the implementation of the precautionary measures, represented in wearing a muzzle and social distancing.”

On July 26, the Libyan government announced the imposition of a night curfew in several regions of the country, to limit the spread of Corona.

According to the latest official toll, Corona injuries in Libya reached 279,999, including 3,869 deaths, and 204,108 recoveries.

Canada obliges employees to vaccinate

The Canadian government announced, Friday, that all federal employees should receive the vaccine against Covid-19 at a time when the country is experiencing a fourth wave of the Corona virus due to the rapidly transmitting mutant delta.

“We are imposing vaccination in the federal public service,” Government Affairs Minister Dominique LeBlanc said at a press conference.

LeBlanc stated that the Canadian government is “the largest employer in the country,” with about 300,000 federal public employees, according to Ottawa figures.

“All of these efforts are aimed at helping Canada achieve the resilience we need to reopen and keep our economy open and to protect thousands of people,” the minister added.

As of Friday, 71 percent of Canadians had received a single dose of an anti-Covid vaccine, while the proportion of those fully vaccinated was nearly 62 percent.

Occupation faces a new wave

The Israeli occupation authorities are back on alert again with the spread of the Delta strain of the Corona virus.

And the authorities have re-imposed the placement of masks, including large gatherings in open spaces, as Israel in recent weeks is facing high infection rates against the backdrop of an outbreak of the delta mutant.

As it is not allowed to enter some public places such as restaurants, gyms and temples except for those who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 or those who have negative tests for the virus.

Health officials warn that Israel could face a fourth shutdown during the Jewish holiday season in September if the country does not provide more boosters.

Russia records the highest deaths

On Saturday, the health authorities in Russia announced 819 deaths from the Corona virus, the highest toll since the start of the pandemic.

And the local “TASS” news agency quoted the Russian Crisis Center for confronting Corona, as saying that 819 people died in the last 24 hours due to Corona, bringing the death toll to 169,683.

The source explained that this outcome is the highest since the beginning of the Corona pandemic in Russia in January 2020.

China rejects new investigation into origin of COVID-19

Beijing on Friday categorically rejected a call by the World Health Organization for better cooperation regarding the origin of the Covid-19 epidemic, objecting to a new investigation, giving additional data and “politicizing” the file.

Scientists are making unremitting efforts to determine the origin of the epidemic.. Was the virus transmitted from an animal? Was it leaked from a Chinese laboratory?

Beijing strongly objects to the latter hypothesis, as it does not want to appear as the party responsible for the outbreak of the epidemic.

A team of international experts sent by the World Health Organization visited Wuhan in January 2021 to conduct a preliminary study on the origin of the virus. Their report, which was developed in cooperation with Chinese experts, did not allow a final conclusion about the origin of the virus.

On Thursday, the organization asked all countries, especially China, to publish “all data about the virus.”

“In order to be able to consider the laboratory hypothesis, it is important that we have access to all unprocessed data,” the organization said, adding that “access to data should not in any way be a political bet.”

Beijing responded to the World Health Organization on Friday by reiterating the position it has defended for months that a joint preliminary investigation is sufficient and requests for additional data have ulterior political motives.

“We oppose the politicization of asset search… and the abandonment of the joint report” between China and the World Health Organization, said Ma Zhaozhou, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister. “We support scientific research.”


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