First Post-Lockdown Kabul to Mashhad Flight Lands
Flight service has resumed between the city of Kabul in Afghanistan to Mashhad in Iran, after Coronavirus border restrictions were eased. The first flight, carrying 146 passengers landed on Wednesday.
The managing director of Razavi Khorasan airport in Masshad told Islamic Republic News Agency that foreign flights, including those from Afghanistan, had been cancelled for the last three months due to the virus outbreak.
Iran currently has 22,851 active cases and has confirmed a total of 141,591 positive cases since the start of the pandemic. It has taken numerous lockdown and protective measures to stop the spread of the disease, resulting in a drop in the number of new cases – it still reports around 1,800 new cases every day.
Experts have raised doubts about the country’s official figures and indicated they could be much higher.
The country has eased lockdown measures and has started a phased reopening of its economy since early April. It reopened major shrines like the Imam Reza shrine in Mashhad and the Shah Abdol Azim shrine in Tehran this week.
The WHO has continuously cautioned against reopening too quickly while the rest of the world was still battling the first phase of the virus.
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