Iran Shuts Land Borders With Neighbors Due To Omicron Concerns

Iran on Saturday announced that it has shutdown its land borders with all of its neighbors for the upcoming 15 days as part of efforts to tame the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Ruhollah Latifi, Spokesman for Iran’s Customs said land borders with Turkey, Iraq, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Armenia have been closed from Saturday till next 15 days.

The Iran Health Ministry on Saturday also reported 1,121 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total tally to 6,182,905.

Another 42 patients have lost their lives to the virus on that day, the ministry said, taking the death toll to 131,348 nationwide.

At least 2,781 COVID-19 patients are still under intensive care units with their health conditions reported critical, according to the ministry.

Meanwhile, the ministry said over six million people have been discharged from the hospitals nationwide after fully recovered from the virus.

Almost 60 million Iranians have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while another 51 million Iranians received the second jabs, the ministry added, while 5,478,443 others got their third booster shots.

Iran announced its first Omicron variant on December 19 in a traveler who returned from the United Arab Emirates.


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