COVID-19 response in the Islamic Republic of Iran, July 2020

Situation Report
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THE COVID-19 SITUATION IN IRAN continues to evolve rapidly, with the number of individuals who have contracted the virus having increased sharply since the first case was reported around mid-February 2020. There are currently no indications that refugees are disproportionally affected by the Coronavirus itself. While refugees remain resilient, given that refugees often belong to the more vulnerable segments of the population, they may feel the overall impact more severely, namely on their livelihoods and ability to cover their basic needs. Working closely with the Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrant’s Affairs (BAFIA), UNHCR HAS ENHANCED ITS EMERGENCY SUPPORT TO THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but more support is needed to further help refugees and Iranian host communities.