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Iran bars vacationers from components of Western Europe over Omicron fears


A well being officers examine the physique temperature of worshipers throughout Tehran’s first Friday prayer after a virtually two-year break because of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) pandemic, in Tehran, Iran October 22, 2021. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia Information Company) by way of REUTERS

DUBAI — Iran has banned the entry of vacationers from Britain, France, Denmark and Norway for 15 days as a part of curbs following the invention of the extremely transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19 within the Center East’s worst-hit nation.

State tv mentioned on Sunday an identical ban imposed in late November on vacationers from South Africa and 7 neighboring nations was additionally prolonged for 15 days.

Well being authorities additionally indefinitely halted land journey to neighboring Turkey, a preferred vacationer vacation spot, the broadcaster mentioned.

Iran, the pandemic’s epicenter within the Center East, has reported simply 14 confirmed Omicron circumstances up to now however media experiences mentioned detection kits weren’t broadly out there and officers have warned of a doable fast unfold inside weeks.

The nation has suffered 131,400 deaths in 5 waves of COVID-19 infections since February 2020.

Almost 51.3 million of Iran’s inhabitants of about 85 million have acquired two doses of coronavirus vaccine.

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