Iran outbreak: Concern grows amid increase in Omicron cases

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With more than 132,000 COVID-19 deaths, no country in the Middle East has fared worse than Iran.

And now, as the Omicron variant spreads, officials warn another wave is imminent.

Al Jazeera’s @Resul Serdar reports from Tehran, Iran.

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