Islamic Republic of Iran on Monday announced strict rules and closures in the capital Tehran and a nearby province to control the spread of Covid-19, as daily infections drew close to an all-time high.
Iranian officials had earlier warned of a "fifth wave" because of an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant. Iran is considered the Middle East's hardest-hit country by the virus.
The national virus taskforce said in a statement that government offices and banks in Tehran and Alborz provinces are set to close from 6 pm (1330 GMT) until next Monday morning.
The restrictions also include a ban on car travel to and from the two provinces, and a new shutdown of high-risk businesses across Iran's worst-hit areas.