News ID: 280946
Published: 0319 GMT February 21, 2021

Restrictions in SW Iran as more cases of UK variant coronavirus found

Restrictions in SW Iran as more cases of UK variant coronavirus found

While Iran has managed to keep the daily death toll from the coronavirus below 100 for the seventh week in a row, a mutated strain of the virus first found in the UK is infecting more people in the southwestern province of Khuzestan.

Officials said on Sunday that the situation in Khuzestan is worsening with a growing number of people becoming infected with the mutated variant of the coronavirus, according to Tasnim News Agency.

The intensive care units at the hospitals of provincial capital, Ahvaz, have no vacancies for new patients.

Iran has closed its border with Iraq following the spread of the COVID-19 variant in the southwestern province, according to IRNA.

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 has also imposed travel restrictions in the province, expressing hope that Khuzestan’s problem would be solved soon with the cooperation of the people.

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.

Speaking at a daily press conference on Sunday, she said the total number of people tested positive for COVID-19 in Iran surpassed 1,574,000 following the detection of 7,931 new cases from Saturday to Sunday.

Of the new cases detected, 574 patients have been admitted to the hospital, Lari added.

Among those undergoing treatment in medical centers at present, 3,689 coronavirus patients have critical health conditions because of more severe infection, the ministry’s spokeswoman noted.

She further put the death toll at 59,483, saying the disease took the lives of 74 patients in 24 hours.

At least 1,344,790 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far or have been discharged from hospitals across Iran, the spokeswoman said.



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