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Travel ban at Iran's Bashmakh border crossing extended

  2021-04-05  | 
 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 announced on Monday (April 5) 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 two weeks starting on Monday.

Extending the travel ban at the border point comes for the second time and as part of efforts to cope with prolonged Covid-19 case increases.

“The decision has been made by Iran and we have been informed by Sina governorate about extending the travel ban for another two weeks,” the head of Bashmakh media department Ismael Ali Agha said.

In February, 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. 

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Health said on Sunday (April 4) that it had officially recorded the highest-single day COVID-19 cases in the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours with 1,014 officially-recorded cases following the recent spikes in the caseloads.

Iranian health ministry expressed worries that Alborz, close to capital Tehran, and Ilam to the west of the country are facing a fourth major wave of COVID-19.

It said that seven more Iranian provinces including Tehran, are on the verge, shortly after millions travelled during the Persian new year holidays.

“If we don’t have the necessary considerations, we might face this wave in other provinces as well. So we need to be careful,” President Hassan Rouhani said during a televised speech on Saturday.

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)