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Pakistan closed the border with Iran due to coronavirus

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Pakistan on Sunday temporarily closed transport links to Iran through the border point in Taftan, told television channel Dawn interior minister Balochistan Mir Zia Ullah Langovoy.

In Iran, 43 cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded so far, of which eight are fatal. For the first time, authorities reported becoming infected on February 19 – the infection began in the city of Kum, which is a pilgrimage site for Shiite Muslims. According to doctors, the majority of those infected are either residents of the city, or went there.

The government of the border province of Baluchistan, Pakistan, has previously declared a state of emergency in all areas bordering Iran and has prohibited travel of pilgrims from Pakistan to this country.

Balochistan chief minister, Jam Kamal Agliani, also commissioned the regional disaster management agency to set up a tent hospital for 100 people at the Iranian border with Taftan. A team of doctors arrived from Islamabad to a border checkpoint.

Assistant Prime Minister of Pakistan for Health Zafar Mirza said that all previously arrived in the country from Iran are examined by doctors. Strengthened control over the state of passengers arriving at the international airports of Karachi, Lahore and Quetta.

Earlier, the authorities of Afghanistan, Turkey and Jordan stopped transport links with Iran due to the spread of a new type of coronavirus in this country.

On December 31, 2019, the Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization about an outbreak of unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan in the central part of the country (Hubei Province). Experts have found that the causative agent of the disease is a new coronavirus. WHO recognized the outbreak as an emergency of international importance and gave the disease its official name – COVID-2019. 2442 people have become victims of the new coronavirus in China, more than 22.8 thousand have been cured. Outside of China, according to WHO on Friday, 1,200 infections were recorded in 26 countries.

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