Iran declares entry ban for foreigners amid coronavirus second wave





Tehran (dpa) – Foreign tourists will be banned from Iran beginning on Saturday, the government announced, following a recent surge in coronavirus cases.



Only foreigners who have a specific purpose for entering the country - such as work - can apply for an entry visa, local media reported on Friday.
From Saturday, they must provide proof of a negative coronavirus test result from an internationally recognized institute in their country.
The test must be in English and fewer than 96 hours old, news agency Isna reported, citing a press release by the immigration authorities.
The Health Ministry announced 226 more people had died in the previous 24 hours, bringing the current death toll to 16,569.
Iran recorded a daily increase of more than 2,600 new infections, bringing the number of infections detected to date to more than 300,000.
The renewed increase in cases has been attributed to restrictions on movement being eased at the end of May.
On Tuesday, Tehran was declared a 'red zone' due to the high number of infections.
The Iranian Medical Association has warned that there may be a shortage of nurses and doctors if case numbers continue to rise.

Friday, July 31st 2020
(dpa)
           


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