TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has suspended flights to the United Kingdom for two weeks over fears of a fast-spreading new variant of the coronavirus.
In response to a request from Iranian health authorities, the transport ministry decided on Monday to halt round-trip flights to Britain, which is grappling with an outbreak of what officials have described as a more contagious strain of the virus.
Plane tickets were abruptly canceled and all Iranian planes were ordered to return to Iran from the U.K. without passengers.
Iran has struggled to contain the worst outbreak in the Middle East, which has killed over 53,800 people.
The new strains in the UK and South Africa appear to be more infectious than the original virus.