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For Iranians, a New Year’s Confined

On this Friday, March 20, the Iranians are celebrating the Persian New Year in a special context. The country has crossed the symbolic threshold of 1,000 deaths linked to Covid-19.

‘Norouz will have a special flavor this year. Normally, we would have gone to visit family and friends, as is customary, about fifty people. But with the Covid-19, we will stay at home so as not to spread the virus. ” Amir Madadi is in his eleventh day of confinement. This 24-year-old architect took refuge in his parents’ apartment with his sister and his grandmother. The family will exceptionally celebrate the traditions of Zoroastrianism in quarantine.

In Iran, unlike France, the government has issued only simple containment recommendations. Iranians are therefore allowed to go out and move around safely. Even if several provinces have closed the hotels, to avoid the traditional family gatherings of Norouz, the measures remain insufficient according to Amir. “Not all people take the virus seriously. Without the obligation of the police, some will continue to live normally. We only go out to buy food. Unfortunately, the streets of Tehran are not as deserted as in Paris. ”

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