0259 GMT August 04, 2021
Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki stressed the need for an immediate decision by the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus about suspending flights between Tehran and Moscow.
He raised the issue in a letter to the anti-coronavirus task force spokesman Alireza Raeisi, IRNA reported.
The letter read: “Given the reports sent from Russia about the coronavirus spread in the country, it is necessary that the suspension of flights to and from Moscow be quickly discussed in the meeting of the social-security committee of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus and immediate decisions be made.”
The spike in the number of the COVID-19 patients in Russia, and in particular Moscow, has once again heightened concerns among Russian authorities regarding the spread of the virus.
Speaking to Channel One Russia on June 18, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin announced that nearly 90 percent of the COVID-19 patients in Moscow have been infected with the Indian strain of the virus.
The coronavirus has infected over 5.3 million people in Russia, killing more than 129,000, according to worldometers.info. The highest death toll and number of infections in the country pertain to Moscow.
Iran’s COVID casualties
The Iranian Health Ministry announced in a statement on Sunday that the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections reached 111 and 8,161 respectively in the past 24 hours.
On Saturday, the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths reached the lowest number since April 1, standing at 108, announced the Health Ministry in a statement.
According to the Sunday statement, the total COVID-19 death toll and infections since the outbreak in late February 2020 stand at 82,965 and 3,095,135, respectively.
It added that 3,279 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition, and of the newly-detected cases, 944 individuals have been hospitalized.
The ministry said 2,748,320 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals.
It also announced that 22,449,366 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out, and 5,304,008 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to people.
The Health Ministry said 22 cities in the country are coded red (very high-risk), while 175 are in the orange zone (high-risk), noting that based on a decision by the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, travel to and from these cities is prohibited.
The number of the country’s yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities are 251 and zero, respectively, according to the ministry’s Monday statement.
Iran has been grappling with the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections over the past few weeks that has caused the country to see daily record-high deaths and infections of above 450 and 21,000 and impose a partial lockdown in very high-risk cities, closing certain businesses and public places.