Seven nations ban people crossing border from Iran over coronavirus outbreak

Orient Net 2020-02-24 07:42:00

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Seven countries have imposed bans on people entering from Iran after the country announced that eight people had died from the new coronavirus and 43 have been infected. 

Iraq has barred Iranians from entering the country altogether, Pakistan has suspended almost all traffic across the border with Iran and Turkey has temporarily closed its land border on Sunday (February 23).  

Eight people have been refused entry to Turkey from Iran since Friday, when the country introduced health checks on travelers at frontier crossings.

Jordan also began denying entry of non-Jordanians coming from Iran and South Korea. 

Armenia is the latest country to close its border with Iran. The country will close its borders for two weeks and is suspending air traffic. 

Saudi Arabia has ordered anyone travelling from Iran to wait at least 14 days before entering the kingdom as it seeks to prevent the spread of the virus to the Muslim pilgrimage sites of Mecca and Medina. 

It has also barred its residents and citizens from travelling to Iran and China.

Kuwait has also suspended flights to Iran and is barring ships from Iran from docking at its ports. Kuwait said it is evacuating 750 Kuwaiti citizens on five flights. 

Kuwait's state-run news agency reported on Saturday that Kuwait health officials were sent to Iran, in coordination with Iranian counterparts, to conduct medical checks on Kuwaitis departing Iran, but that Iranian authorities denied the Kuwaiti health officials entry. 

Infected travelers from Iran already have been discovered in Lebanon and Canada.

Lebanon's first case of the new virus was discovered on a flight from the Iranian city of Qom this week.  

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 79,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it.

Based on Mail Online, AP

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