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Iran’s Coronavirus Cases Creep Up After Officials Ease Lockdown

A pedestrian wears a protective face mask while walking in central Tehran on March 15.
A pedestrian wears a protective face mask while walking in central Tehran on March 15.Photographer: Ali Mohammadi/Bloomberg

New coronavirus cases in Iran are rising again after lockdown measures were relaxed.

Despite official calls for social distancing, Iran on Wednesday reported its longest increase in infections since March 28. New cases averaged 1,200 daily over the last five days, almost 10% higher than the daily average for the same period the week before.