Selin ATAY-TDO- Masoud Behramnejad, spokesman for the Corona Center for management and fighting in Kermanshah province, told Iran's official news agency that the mutated variant of Covid-19 had not yet been seen in the province, but announced that the decision to close the border crossings had been made as a precaution.
"Due to health threats and the spread of a new variant of the virus called the British coronavirus in Iraq, the 7 border crossing with Iraq will be closed to incoming and outgoing passengers until a second announcement," Behramnejad said. Behramnejad noted that transit and commercial activities at the border crossings were not stopped, but were maintained under the strict supervision of medical teams. In addition, authorities said that the border crossings located on the Iraqi border in the southwestern province of Khuzestan were also closed to passenger crossings for a week starting today.
On February 18, The Governor of Khuzestan, Ghasem Soleimani-Dashtaki said that the investigation had determined that the mutated Covid-19 species had entered the province from Iraq. On January 5, Iranian authorities announced that they had identified a mutated species of Kovid-19. Iran's Health Minister Saeed Namaki announced on February 13 that the mutated virus had spread almost throughout the country.