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Iran: Tehranis beat the heat at ancient spring despite coronavirus fears03:47

Iran: Tehranis beat the heat at ancient spring despite coronavirus fears

Iran, Islamic Republic of, Tehran
July 2, 2020 at 15:57 GMT -00:00 · Published

Despite fears that a second wave of coronavirus infections may be imminent, locals in Tehran put aside those concerns on Thursday to enjoy the cool waters of Cheshmeh-Ali spring.

The ancient site, a popular recreation spot for decades known for its utility in brightening up Persian rugs, was seen teeming with families and youngsters taking a break from holing up indoors against the pandemic.

"Well, yes, the situation has become more special, they [the kids] have really gone crazy at home, and we're tired ourselves," said Javid Abdi, a local parent.

One young man felt desperate enough that he was willing to defy his parents just to get outside.

"Our mother would not let us go out for fear of corona[virus], now I came myself without my mother's permission and I am not afraid of corona[virus], because entertainment and fun are something else, we will never take corona[virus]," said Seyyed Mohammad Mousavi, a local youth.

Several regions in Iran, including the capital Tehran, have experienced an uptick in coronavirus cases and related deaths in recent days, bringing their warning levels to "red," which allows authorities to impose new restrictions if required.

Iran: Tehranis beat the heat at ancient spring despite coronavirus fears03:47
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Despite fears that a second wave of coronavirus infections may be imminent, locals in Tehran put aside those concerns on Thursday to enjoy the cool waters of Cheshmeh-Ali spring.

The ancient site, a popular recreation spot for decades known for its utility in brightening up Persian rugs, was seen teeming with families and youngsters taking a break from holing up indoors against the pandemic.

"Well, yes, the situation has become more special, they [the kids] have really gone crazy at home, and we're tired ourselves," said Javid Abdi, a local parent.

One young man felt desperate enough that he was willing to defy his parents just to get outside.

"Our mother would not let us go out for fear of corona[virus], now I came myself without my mother's permission and I am not afraid of corona[virus], because entertainment and fun are something else, we will never take corona[virus]," said Seyyed Mohammad Mousavi, a local youth.

Several regions in Iran, including the capital Tehran, have experienced an uptick in coronavirus cases and related deaths in recent days, bringing their warning levels to "red," which allows authorities to impose new restrictions if required.

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