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Iran extends travel ban to tourists to and from Kurdistan Region

  2021-03-11  | 
 Zhyan News Network
File Photo -A view of Bashmakh border crossing in the Kurdistan Region near the Iranian borders (File)
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Bashmakh Border Crossing Community Directorate said on Thursday (March 11) that its counterpart in Iran has informed it that it had extended its current travel ban to tourists to and from the Kurdistan Region to another week starting on Thursday.

“The Kurdistan Region citizens are not allowed to travel to Iran and vice versa for the Iranian citizens,” it added.

About two weeks ago, Iran decided to shutter all its border crossings to tourists to and from the Kurdistan Region for two weeks, as measures to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country. 

On Thursday, Iran’s Health Ministry Spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said that the COVID-19 cases had increased by 8,303 to 1,723,470 infections, while the death toll has risen by 88 to 61,016, according to the Iranian state-owned Fars News Agency. 

Lari also said that 1,471,179 coronavirus patients have recovered or been discharged from hospitals so far.

While The Kurdistan Region logged 361 new coronavirus cases, five new deaths and 134 recoveries over the past 24 hours. Overall, there have been 111,877 officially-logged cases in the Region. Out of that, 105,018 have recovered and 3,551 have died.

(Zhyan English)