Iran will close its border with Iraq to contain the spread of the coronavirus as the number of new positive cases has recently increased in the southwestern province of Khuzestan which shares a border with some Iraqi cities.
Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of the country’s National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus, Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said that the government will also impose travel restrictions in the province, expressing hope that Khuzestan’s problem would be solved soon with the cooperation of the people, IRNA reported.
The Iranian Health Ministry has recently reported the resurgence of coronavirus in Khuzestan Province, saying that eleven cities in the province are now classified as “red” – the highest category in the country’s color-coded risk scale.
The ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari on Saturday pointed to the increasing trend of the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the country last week, compared to the previous week.
Lari said that the highest number of hospitalizations was reported in Mazandaran and Khuzestan provinces and the highest death toll was registered in northern provinces of Mazandaran and Gilan.
The ministry on Saturday put the total death toll at 59,409, after 68 people lost their lives due to the deadly virus in the past 24 hours.
According to the ministry, 7,922 people tested positive for the coronavirus from Friday to Saturday, bringing the total new cases to 1,566,081. Of the new cases, 472 people have been hospitalized.
Lari said that 1,337,877 patients have so far recovered or been discharged from hospitals, adding that 3,677 other COVID-19 patients are in critical condition and being treated in intensive care units.