Pakistan closes border with Iran for fear of coronavirus

According to local media reports, the virus has killed seven people, so far. According to sources, the border authorities closed the transit gate, corridor and passport gate. Officials said, Iran’s gate was sealed at Zero Point yesterday.

Earlier, the Baluchistan government declared an emergency in the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA). About 100 pilgrims planning to leave Iran have been called back to Quetta. According to Balochistan Home Department sources, permits will not be issued to pilgrims until the next order.

In order to stop the pilgrims, the government has issued orders to set up special checkpoints in Quetta, Naushki, Chagai and Mastung. Deputy commissioners, assistant commissioners and SPs have been alerted to stop the pilgrims from going to Iran. An emergency center has also been set up at Taftan border crossing with Iran.

According to foreign news agency reports, the seventh death toll has been reported in Iran from the outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan city, China.

Earlier, Iran’s health department had reported the death of five people and 18 more people had tested, which has led to the positive results of the virus in Iran. The outbreak of coronavirus began in Qom, which is a frequently visited religious place.

The Ministry of Health officials warned that the virus has since spread to many cities, including Tehran.

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