Iran plans new restrictions in capital as COVID cases hit record

Iran’s health ministry on Friday reported a record 6,134 new coronavirus cases for the previous 24 hours. (File/AFP)
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Updated 23 October 2020

Iran plans new restrictions in capital as COVID cases hit record

  • IranAir said it was resuming European flights which had been suspended in March because of the pandemic
  • Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV that 335 people had died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours

DUBAI: Iran is planning new restrictions, including state employees working every other day in the capital Tehran, after a record surge in coronavirus cases on Friday, a senior official said.
Iran's Health Ministry reported 6,134 new cases for the previous 24 hours, bringing the national tally to 556,891 in the Middle East's hardest-hit country.
"One decision by the Tehran Coronavirus Taskforce is for staff at state bodies to be cut by 50% next week, and coming to work every other day," taskforce head Alireza Zali told state news agency IRNA.
He said authorities were also looking into having various job categories start work at different times to ease crowding and traffic.
The restrictions were expected to last for about a month in Tehran, where the coronavirus spread has been particularly alarming, Zali added.
Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari earlier told state TV that 335 people had died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing total fatalities to 31,985, as Iran fights a third wave of the disease.
Meanwhile, flag-carrier IranAir said it was resuming European flights which had been suspended in March because of the pandemic.


Turkey announces record coronavirus death toll for fifth consecutive day

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Turkey announces record coronavirus death toll for fifth consecutive day

  • From July until Wednesday, Ankara had only reported symptomatic cases

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s daily COVID-19 death toll hit a record high for a fifth consecutive day at 177, data from the Health Ministry showed on Friday.
Turkey also recorded a new high of 29,845 coronavirus infections in the space of 24 hours, including asymptomatic ones, on Friday. However, from July until Wednesday, Ankara had only reported symptomatic cases, of which there were 6,592 on Friday. The total number of deaths stood at 13,191.
Historical data and the cumulative number of all cases were not available.