2020-October-20 20:17
2020-October-14  16:05

Coronavirus Travel Bans Imposed on 5 Cities

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki said that travel restrictions would be enforced in the five metropolitan cities of Tehran, Karaj, Mashhad, Isfahan and Orumiyeh that are suffering from the highest coronavirus contraction rates.

Namaki said that these restrictions will be in place for coming three-day holidays.

Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki

He expressed hope that the travel bans would help contain the epidemic.

The Iranian health ministry announced on Tuesday that 4,108 new cases of coronavirus infection have been identified across the country during the past 24 hours, adding that 254 patients have passed away during the same period.

"4,108 new patients infected with COVID-19 have been identified in the country based on confirmed diagnosis criteria during the past 24 hours,” Iranian Health Ministry Spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Tuesday, and added, "1,946 patients have been hospitalized during the same time span.”

She added that the total number of COVID-19 patients has increased to 508,389.

“Unfortunately, 254 patients have lost their lives in the past 24 hours, increasing the number of the dead to 29,070,” the spokeswoman noted.

Lari expressed satisfaction that 411,840 coronavirus patients have recovered or been discharged from hospitals so far.

The spokeswoman further said that 4,570 cases infected with COVID-19 are in critical conditions.

She went on to say that 4,369,622 coronavirus diagnosis tests have so far been conducted across the country.

Lari warned that 30 provinces are still in red condition or the status of alert.