Pakistan has closed its borders with Iran following a sudden escalation in novel coronavirus cases in the Islamic Republic.
Balochistan Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove told media outlets in Pakistan that the border was temporarily closed by the authorities in light of reports of coronavirus deaths in Iran. The Balochistan government has also imposed a ban on the travel of pilgrims from Pakistan into Iran by road and has asked the provincial home department to coordinate with other provinces in this regard.
Earlier, Pakistan PM Imran Khan called up Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan and discussed with him the coronavirus spread in Iran and its implications on Balochistan. Kamal informed PM Khan that he is personally supervising the efforts to check the deadly virus does not spread into Balochistan.
Since the outbreak of Coronavirus, the deadly virus also called named COVID-19, has killed over 2400 people in China. The outbreak surfaced in Iran on Wednesday when authorities reported one more death among 10 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths in the Islamic Republic to six — the highest of any country outside the Far East.
Tehran ordered the closure of schools, universities and cultural centres as the death toll soared to five along with 10 new cases. The latest cases take to 28 the total number of confirmed infections in Iran. The deaths are the first in the Middle East region and the highest number of fatalities outside the Far East.
In Balochistan, “special teams have been constituted for safety and precaution against coronavirus, while all district headquarters hospitals have been directed to stay vigilant,” Chief Minister Kamal told the PM Khan, according to media reports.