A two-week shutdown in Tehran was proposed by the government to curb the outbreak of the Corona virus in the capital. But its implementation and operation is in an aura of ambiguity and has its supporters and opponents. In this note, we will discuss this issue and its advantages, disadvantages and challenges. Please be with Artan Press.
For some time now, with the widespread outbreak of Covid-19 disease and the increasing mortality and morbidity of this disease, many experts have proposed health measures and strict quarantines, and acknowledge that only with the complete closure of the city and the establishment of a general quarantine. We can get the situation out of this critical situation. In the meantime, the National Corona Headquarters put decisions on its agenda, taking into account the economic and social conditions of the society, as well as some livelihood problems, while examining the opinions and suggestions of experts.
*** The dire situation of Tehran in terms of statistics of coronary heart disease
The city of Tehran, as the capital of the country, is in a very dire situation in terms of the number of people suffering from coronation. Therefore, the continuation of this trend can cause irreparable damage in the field of economy, livelihood and social issues. The government has always talked about the livelihood of the people and has announced that in the current situation, the general quarantine situation can cause irreparable damage to the livelihood of the people. It is not possible.
If the economic situation along with the Corona crisis is not taken into account, the people will have little resilience and will not be able to cooperate with the government. The decision to close jobs two, three and four in cities with a red status and more than a third of employees in the offices is what according to the National Corona Headquarters will cause the least economic and livelihood damage, but the way to do this The instructions seem to be more important than the nature of the holidays, and it remains to be seen to what extent the implementation of this policy will help reduce the corona crisis in the country, especially in Tehran.
*** The number of patients with Covid 19 in the country reached 539,670
Only yesterday, with the identification of 5,039 new cases of Quid 19, the total number of infected people in the country reached 539,670. Despite all these serious warnings and despite the decision to close the whole city for two weeks, we are witnessing an increase in the travel of Tehran citizens to the north in the days before the holiday. Unfortunately, this is an issue that will destroy the positive aspects of the two-week holiday in Tehran and will have the opposite effect, and with the return of these people to Tehran, we will see a new wave of coronary heart disease.
Unfortunately, in the current situation, society desperately needs convergence and agreement on quick decisions regarding coronation. Raising controversial issues in the media undermines public confidence in the decisions and adequacy of the officials of the Ministry of Health, and it is appropriate for these disputes to take place in expert meetings. In the current situation, the economic prospects of the people are not clear and good. It is necessary to talk about a two-week holiday in a way that can bring the mentality of the majority of the society with it, not cause conflict.
*** two-week shutdown and reduce air pollution in Tehran
Unfortunately, big cities like Tehran suffer from the phenomenon of air inversion in the cold seasons of the year, which has not been far from the view of health experts. This phenomenon causes the transmission of the corona virus indoors and even outdoors to be more than normal.
Therefore,two-week shutdown can greatly affect the movement of vehicles and help break the corona chain by solving this problem. Therefore, with a two-week moratorium, we will see a reduction in the traffic rate of city cars and a reduction in air pollution. On the first day of imposing social traffic restrictions, the head of the Rahoor Naja Police Traffic Information and Control Center announced a 30 percent reduction in road traffic yesterday. The process will improve over time.
*** Hard winter in ’99 in Tehran
In general, closing the city of Tehran for two weeks is inherently a good and valuable decision. It is not difficult to implement. Some projects need to support the middle and weak sections of society, which has not been seen in this sector to date.
On the other hand, we must raise the level of cooperation of the society to the highest level by meeting the basic needs of households. All in all, it seems that this two-week shutdown could slow down the chain of the virus outbreak a bit, and this is a matter of hope. Many social and economic problems will affect the capital and the whole of Iran.