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Over 213,000 passengers tested for COVID-19 at Iranian borders

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, April 27, IRNA -- Some 213,250 passengers have undergone PCR tests for coronavirus at the country's official borders, Head of Iran's Red Crescent Society's Rescue and Relief Organization Mehdi Valipour said on Tuesday.

Some 1 33,271 rapid tests have been carried out at the country's 28 official borders and 55 individuals have been temporarily quarantined, Valipour said.

So far, 213,250 passengers have been monitored through the plan, the officilal added.

Ministries of health and transport have adopted a plan with the goal of rapidly identifying and testing incoming passengers and keeping them in quarantine facilities, if necessary.

Some 28 border posts have been selected, including 16 land borders, 10 air borders, and two sea borders, to test all incoming passengers and quarantine them in case of necessity.

Some 471 members of the IRCS are working to carry out the plan, he said.

Valipour added that Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Ministry of Roads and Urban Development as well as the Red Crescent Society collaborated to screen people for COVID-19 disease from March 10 to April 27.

Some 496 more Iranians have died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours bringing the total deaths to 70,070, Iran's Health Ministry announced on Monday.

With the 496 new victims, the country's total COVID-19 deaths mounted to 70,070, Health Ministry said.


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