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Photo: Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz via Getty Images

Iran's coronavirus death toll has topped 50,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Why it matters: The grim milestone comes two weeks after the country imposed restrictions in its major cities, which aimed to slow the spread of the virus and daily death toll.

  • On Friday, Iran saw a COVID-related death count of 347, per JHU, compared to its highest daily toll of 486 on Nov. 16 — prior to when the partial lockdown was put in place.

What they're saying: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that if people do not follow the required health measures, restrictions may increase.

  • "Care should not be neglected in the hope of vaccination," Rouhani added. "Those who violate the quarantine period must be dealt with decisively."

By the numbers: Since the restrictions went into effect on Nov. 21, Iran's total cases to date have increased to 1,028,986. Daily positive cases peaked to 14,051 on Nov. 27.

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Jan 30, 2021 - World

Science helps New Zealand avoid another coronavirus lockdown

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (L) visits a lab at Auckland University in December. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand has avoided locking down for a second time over COVID-19 community cases because of a swift, science-led response.

Why it matters: The Health Ministry said in an email to Axios Friday there's "no evidence of community transmission" despite three people testing positive after leaving managed hotel isolation. That means Kiwis can continue to visit bars, restaurants and events as much of the world remains on lockdown.

Updated Oct 21, 2021 - Politics & Policy

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

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  2. Health: Unvaccinated athletes face 21-day quarantine at Beijing Olympics
  3. Politics: Study reveals disparities in hospitals' COVID funds — DeSantis touts bonuses for unvaccinated police who relocate to Florida — Puerto Rico leads U.S. vaccination rates
  4. Education: Benefits of COVID vaccine for children outweigh risks, FDA says — Education secretary reveals limits to Biden’s mask push on states — LA extends deadline for school employee vaccinations
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Jan 29, 2021 - Health

NYC set to restart indoor dining in February, weddings in March

Outdoor dining in New York City in January. Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that if the current coronavirus positivity in New York City holds, indoor dining will reopen at 25% capacity on Feb. 14, one of the busiest dining days of the year.

Why it matters: The forced closure of indoor dining in December caused major backlash, as New York's struggling restaurant industry had already been hit hard by pandemic restrictions. Restaurants will still be required to close at 1o p.m.