Number of coronavirus cases in Iran passes 300,000

Iran has the Middle East’s highest number of recorded COVID-19 cases. (File/AFP)
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Updated 30 July 2020

Number of coronavirus cases in Iran passes 300,000

  • Infections and deaths have risen sharply since restrictions on movement began to be eased in mid-April

The number of infections from the new coronavirus in Iran has reached 301,530, according to official Health Ministry figures.
Iran has the Middle East’s highest number of recorded COVID-19 cases and infections and deaths have risen sharply since restrictions on movement began to be eased in mid-April.


UAE resumes issuing visas to foreign visitors

Updated 24 September 2020

UAE resumes issuing visas to foreign visitors

  • Dubai had already lifted its own visa ban in July

DUBAI: The UAE has started issuing entry permits to the country again, starting Sep. 24 but work permits are still on hold, state news agency WAM reported.
The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship said the decision followed the preventive measures implemented by the travel industry to curb the coronavirus spread.
Dubai, the region's tourism and business hub and one of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, had already lifted its own visa ban in July.
All six Gulf Arab countries have lifted internal curfews and lockdowns, but restrictions on gatherings and foreign travel remain in the region, where the total number of COVID cases stands at over 800,000, with more than 6,800 deaths.
Neighboring Oman said on Thursday it would resume scheduled international flights on Oct. 1 with strict measures to protect the country and aviation staff from the virus.