Iran gripped by fourth wave as virus numbers, deaths swell Apr 08, 2021 0 241 12345 dpa Tehran A fourth wave of the coronavirus is in full effect in Iran, with 193 deaths and 21,954 new infections recorded within 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry in Tehran on Wednesday. Since the pandemic began last February, more than 2 million people have been infected and more than 63,000 have died from virus-related causes, said ministry spokesperson Sima Lari on state television.The dramatic rise in cases leads directly back to an easing of rules for the two-week Persian New Year celebrations from March 21 to April 2, during which time many Iranians travelled domestically and abroad, and did not adhere to rules meant to stop the virus’ spread.Now, tougher measures are to enter into force again. Many sectors of the economy will close down, and bazaars and shopping malls will close for at least a week. A mass vaccination campaign for Iran’s 83 million people is planned for September. More vaccines will be introduced by then, and vaccines produced in Iran are also to be used after the end of test phases. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Saudi could give Malaysia extra 10,000 Hajj spots, says PM Yassin Apr 08, 2021 0 339 Turkey sentences 38 former soldiers to life in prison in 2016 coup trial Apr 08, 2021 0 265 Indonesia sends in more rescue teams, aid to cyclone-hit areas Apr 08, 2021 0 245 Erdogan pushing for summer to disputed Istanbul Canal project Istanbul: Turkey plans to kick-start construction of a multibillion-dollar canal project that would bypass Istanbul’s Bosporus strait, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, despite criticism from the .. Iranian ship slightly damaged in Red Sea dpa Tehran Authorities are looking into an explosion that left an Iranian ship used to secure shipping routes slightly damaged in the Red Sea, said the Foreign Ministry in Tehran. According to the ISNA news agency, .. Indian COVID-19 cases surge, experts see critical 4 weeks ahead dpa New Delhi India reported 115,736 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday - a record spike for a second day this week - as a new wave of the pandemic continued to spread rapidly. The next four weeks were going to be critical, .. Mexico gives emergency approval to Indian vaccine dpa Mexico City Mexico has authorised the emergency use of a Covid-19 vaccine developed by Indian pharmaceutical firm Bharat Biotech, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday. With the latest approval of .. Mrs World faces probe after on-stage tussle with Mrs Lanka dpa Colombo The reigning Mrs World is facing a police inquiry in Sri Lanka after she allegedly injured the winner of the Mrs Sri Lanka beauty pageant during a weekend dispute about the Sri Lankan winner’s marital status, .. ‘All options open’ in Nile dam row with Ethiopia, says Egypt’s president Sissi Cairo: Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi on Wednesday said “all options are open” in his country’s long-standing dispute with Ethiopia over a Nile dam, which Cairo fears will reduce its supply of water. ..