Turkey has suspended all flights to Iran and Afghanistan as a part of measures in opposition to the Corona Virus outbreak, the Transport and Infrastructure Ministry mentioned on Sunday.
A spokesman for Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, Reza Jafarzadeh, earlier on Sunday mentioned Turkey halted all flights to Iran till additional discover amid the outbreak within the nation, in accordance to the official IRNA information company. The suspension of flights started on Saturday, Jafarzadeh mentioned.
Turkey had progressively restarted worldwide flights as of June 11 because it eased lockdown measures.
Iran has been hardest hit by the pandemic within the Middle East, with infections and deaths rising sharply since restrictions had been eased, starting in mid-April.
The border between Turkey and Iran was closed after the outbreak. It has been reopened for commerce solely.
During their assembly in Istanbul in mid-June, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif mentioned the 2 international locations had been working towards reopening their borders for vacationers.
In what took many unexpectedly was Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s statements on Saturday when he estimated that as many as 25 million Iranians might have been contaminated with the Corona Virus for the reason that outbreak’s starting.
The 25 million determine put ahead by Rouhani is sort of a 3rd of the inhabitants and massively increased than the official variety of COVID-19 instances. Official case numbers rose to 273,788 on Sunday, with 14,188 deaths, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari mentioned.
Iranian well being officers sought on Sunday to play down the president’s estimate, saying it was primarily based on serological blood exams that measure publicity to the sickness and that can not be relied on to present the present state of illness.
A Health Ministry assertion carried by Iranian information media mentioned the determine given by the president was primarily based on numbers produced by a deputy within the ministry. “It will not be doable to depend on serological exams to diagnose the present state of the illness,” the assertion mentioned.
Parliament deputy Alireza Salimi referred to as on the federal government to give you a single official determine for Corona Virus instances.
A Corona Virus job power official mentioned Saturday the 25 million had been “mildly affected sufferers who … didn’t want to search medical recommendation.”
In saying the 25 million estimate, Rouhani didn’t say what the determine was primarily based on however added that 30 million-35 million extra had been presumably in danger.
On the opposite hand, some 35,229 COVID-19 instances have been formally reported in Afghanistan as of Sunday. The dying toll within the nation stood at 1,147, in accordance to authorities figures.
The Afghan Red Crescent Society final week mentioned the nation was “on the sting of potential well being, social and financial catastrophes” as rising COVID-19 instances stretch a well being infrastructure already severely weakened by many years of struggle.
It mentioned the actual toll of the pandemic on the Afghan inhabitants is anticipated to be a lot increased and stays underreported due to restricted testing.