Iran received its first passenger flight from the United Arab Emirates’ flag carrier in five months on Friday after it arrived at Tehran’s main airport.

The Emirates service from Dubai touched down at the nearly empty Imam Khomeini Airport with a small group of travellers onboard.

It was the first commercial flight since late February when the airliner halted the route after Emirati authorities found two Iranians who were infected with the coronavirus.

Health officials greeted the passengers on arrival, checking their temperatures, symptoms and collecting declaration forms before they walked through a disinfection station.

Mohammad Reza Karimi, the airport’s deputy head, said from least 11,000 coronavirus tests carried out at the airport “under 1% of passengers” had tested positive for the virus.

The outbreak in Iran has seen more than 13,700 reported deaths amid more than 269,000 confirmed cases, according to government figures.



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