Tue, 20 Apr 2021

TEHRAN, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- The Iranian police announced on Thursday a travel ban on four provinces and seven cities over the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic, semi-official Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported.

The four provinces are Khuzestan Province bordering Iraq, and the northern provinces of Gilan, Mazandaran and Golestan, Teymour Hosseini, deputy head of Iranian Traffic Police, said in an interview with ISNA.

The authorities have also banned travels to the tourist cities of Mashhad, Shiraz, Isfahan, Bushehr, Bandar Abbas, Kish, and Qeshm to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, according to Hosseini.

Also on Thursday, Iranian health officials started vaccinating elderly people, war veterans and nursing home workers against COVID-19, the official website of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education said.

Iran began its vaccination campaign against the COVID-19 on Feb. 9, inoculating the Russian Sputnik V vaccine to medical and service workers employed at intensive care units for COVID-19 patients.

During her daily briefing, the spokeswoman for the health ministry Sima Sadat Lari said 94 new deaths related to the coronavirus were registered in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 59,830, state TV reported.

Of the newly infected, 607 had to be hospitalized, according to the spokeswoman.

Lari said 8,206 new cases were detected between Wednesday and Thursday, raising the total number to 1,607,081 in the country.

Currently, 11 Iranian counties are on red alert over a high risk of infection, while 31 counties on orange alert, and 406 others on yellow or blue alert for a lower risk, she noted.

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