Iran [confirmed] 53,183 [deaths]3,294 [recovered]17,935 [last update]4/3 9:55 AM
[March 31 2020 infections crossed 40,000, and 3,186 new cases ]
Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said at a daily news briefing that 117 more people had died from the virus over the past 24 hours. Iran’s official coronavirus death toll reached 2,757 on Monday and the number of infections crossed 40,000, and 3,186 new cases had been confirmed.
[March 6 2020 limit travel – 4,747 confirmed cases ]
Iran may use “force” to limit travel between cities and announced the new coronavirus has killed 124 people amid 4,747 confirmed cases in the Islamic Republic as people tried to reach the Caspian coast from Tehran, despite authorities earlier telling people to remain in their cities.
[March 5 2020]
Iran will begin putting up checkpoints to limit travel between major cities and has urged people to reduce their use of banknotes as authorities try to restrict the spread of the coronavirus, which has caused at least 107 deaths and infected more than 3,500 people across the country.
The Iranian health minister, Saeed Namaki, announced the drastic new measures during a televised press conference on March 5 2020, adding that schools and universities would remain closed until Nowruz, the Persian new year, on 20 March.
[October 4 2019 Passage from Iran to Syria at Al-Qa’im ]
Syria and Iraq have officially reopened the Albukamel border crossing closed since 2014. Al-Tanf straddles the main highway between Damascus and Baghdad, which will ultimately link Tehran to Beirut and the Mediterranean Sea. “There is deep concern about how Iran will use this border opening to maintain its logistic lines in the Levant.”
The crossing between Albukamel and Al-Qaim, on the Iraqi side of the border, is one of three linking the two countries. U.S.-backed Kurdish forces control the northernmost crossing at al-Yaroubia, and other U.S.-backed Syrian forces control the southernmost crossing at Al-Tanf.
[March 21 2019]
Iraq and Syria intend to reopen the Al-Qa’im border crossing between the two countries near the city of Al-Bukamal.
Syria and Iraq are connected through three main border crossings. One, near al-Tanf, is controlled by the American forces still in Syria and whose mission is to prevent Iranian forces from entering Syria via Iraq. The second, al-Rabia in the northeast corner of Syria, is controlled – for now – by the Syrian Kurdish forces. The third, the al-Qa’im crossing, is under the control of the Assad regime and could serve as a convenient crossing point not only for Iraqi goods but also for soldiers and weapons from Iran passing through Iraq to Syria.