Iran reports 3,574 new coronavirus infections, its highest yet

Iranians, some wearing face masks, walk along a street in the capital Tehran on June 3, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis. (AFP)
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Updated 04 June 2020

Iran reports 3,574 new coronavirus infections, its highest yet

  • A health ministry spokesman said 59 people had died of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours
  • A total of 164,270 people have tested positive for the virus in Iran

TEHRAN: Iran announced 3,574 new coronavirus infections Thursday, its highest daily count since the outbreak began in February.
It was the fourth straight day that the daily caseload had topped 3,000. The previous high was 3,186, recorded on March 30, at the height of the initial outbreak.
Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said that the surge in new cases might be the result of wider testing rather than a second wave of infection.
He said that Iran had now conducted more than a million tests.
But the health ministry has been taking no chances and has stepped up a public health campaign in recent days reminding people to protect themselves and observe social distancing.
The ministry spokesman said 59 people had died of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, taking Iran’s overall official toll to 8,071.
A total of 164,270 people have tested positive for the virus.


Dubai expands list of accredited testing centers for tourists

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Dubai expands list of accredited testing centers for tourists

  • The UAE earlier announced it would only accept tourists with COVID-19 negative certificates from a limited list of testing centers

DUBAI: Dubai has released an extended list of accredited testing facilities located around the globe to allow more tourists to visit the city, The National has reported.

The UAE earlier announced it would only accept tourists with COVID-19 negative certificates from a limited list of testing centers. The policy remains the same for other emirates.

The announcement comes as Dubai restarts its tourism industry, which was hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic that forced international borders to shut down.

The policy applies to all tourists except those coming from a list of countries where travelers are required to take a second screening at UAE airports.

For the negative certificate to be considered valid, travelers should take the test not more than 96 hours before departure.

Meanwhile, the Indian ambassador to the UAE said both countries were extending a temporary travel corridor agreement until Aug. 31, according to an interview published by national daily Khaleej Times.

Pavan Kapoor said bookings can be made from Aug. 5, with around 700 flights to be operated throughout the month.

Both countries earlier initiated a two-week travel corridor where around 25,000 people were able fly to India.

But Kapoor said resuming normal travel “is not yet possible” because of local bureaucracies and the fact that India has over 1.4 million infections.