Iran Without Mandatory Quarantine and with Social Distancing Strategy Against Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Authors: Milad Abdi and Rasoul Mirzaei

The new Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the disease it causes (COVID-19) have had an impact on the public’s health and the global economy. At this writing, this infection has involved more than 210 countries with more than 2,800,000 confirmed infected cases and nearly 200,000 deaths. The United States, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, the UK, China, and Iran have reported the highest number of confirmed cases. In Iran, on February 19, 2020, 2 patients in Qom city were confirmed as COVID-19 positive. The disease spread rapidly in adjacent provinces, including Tehran, Markazi, Isfahan, and Semnan, and shortly thereafter in all 31 provinces of the country and most cities and towns. To date (April 12, 2020), according to the spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, the total number of positive infected people has reached 71,686, with 4,474 deaths. In the early days of the outbreak, which primarily affected Qom and Guilan provinces, Iran could have instituted quarantines to slow the spread of COVID-19. However, as time passed and the disease spread, quarantine proved more difficult to implement because of the vastness of the affected areas. As a result, Iran has not implemented forced quarantine on provinces and cities. Meanwhile, other countries such as China, Italy, and the United States have used this strategy. China locked down whole cities, and Italy imposed restrictions throughout the country. In the United States, thousands of people have been subjected to legally enforceable quarantines or are in “self-quarantine.

تاریخ انتشار اولیه: ۲۸ خرداد ۱۳۹۹
تاریخ رصد: ۱۱ شهریور ۱۳۹۹

 

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