Apr 24, 2021 - World

Iran bans flights from India and Pakistan over latest COVID-19 surge

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Passengers in an Iranian airport. Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images

Iran on Saturday banned all flights to and from India and Pakistan to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Islamic Republic News Agency reports.

Details: Mohammad Hassan Zibakhsh, a spokesperson for Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization told IRNA that the ban will be effective starting at midnight. Zibakhsh said there are now flight restrictions to and from 41 countries.

  • Canada also banned flights from both countries on Friday.

Catch up quick: India is currently facing the world's worst coronavirus surge. This week, the nation set a new record for the world's highest number of cases reported in a single day.

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