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Iran extends travel ban to Iraq, Kurdistan Region until April 4

  2021-03-25  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Haj Omran border crossing between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan, October 3, 2017 (File Photo: Reuters)
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Iran has extended the closure of its border crossings to passengers to and from the Kurdistan Region and Iraq until April 4, Director General of Border Affairs of Iran’s interior ministry Hossein Qasemi said on Wednesday (March 24).

Iranians and Iraqis stranded in each other’s countries can cross borders and return to their home countries, Qasemi said.

The extension was after the increase in COVID-19 caseloads in Khuzestan province and the announcement of the Iranian heath minister that the British strain of the pathogen had entered Khuzestan province from Iraq, said the official. 

On February 20, Iran shut its crossing points with the Kurdistan Region and Iraq to curb the spread of a new variant of COVID-19.

On Thursday, Iran’s Health Ministry Spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said that the COVID-19 cases had increased by 7,506 to 1,830,823 infections, while the death toll has risen by 97 to 62,142, according to the Iranian state-owned Fars News Agency. 

Lari also said that 1,569,697 coronavirus patients have recovered or been discharged from hospitals so far.

While The Kurdistan Region logged 601 new coronavirus cases, five new deaths and 222 recoveries over the past 24 hours. Overall, there have been 117,412 officially-logged cases in the Region. Out of that, 107,640 have recovered and 3,622 have died.

Meanwhile, Iraq recorded 6,513 cases, 4,781 recoveries and 33 deaths in 24 hours. Overall, there have been 815,605 cases, 732,252 recoveries and 14,128 deaths in Iraq since the pandemic spread in the country. 

(Zhyan English)