Pakistan has closed the Taftan border with Iran over the coronavirus fears in the country. The virus has taken the lives of 7 people so far, as per the reports of local media.
As per sources, the border authorities have closed the transit gates, corridor and the passport gate.
Officials informed that the Iran gate zero-point was sealed earlier yesterday.
Previously, the government of Balochistan had declared an emergency in the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA)
Nearly 100 pilgrims who were intending to go to Iran have been called back to Quetta. As per the sources at the home department of Balochistan, the pilgrims would not be issued the permits until the next order comes.
The government has given out orders for establishing special checkpoints at Quetta, Naushki, Chagai and Mastung to stop the pilgrims. The deputy commissioners, assistant commissioners and SPs have been put on alert to stop the pilgrims to Iran.
An emergency centre has also been established at the Taftan border crossing with Iran with doctors posted to scree pilgrims come back from the neighbouring nation.
As per the reports of a foreign news agency, seventh death has been reported in Iran by the coronavirus outbreak that started from the Wuhan city of China. The health authorities of Iran had previously reported 5 deaths and further 18 people tested yielded positive results for the virus in Iran.
The outbreak of the coronavirus started in the city of Qom, which is an often visited religious site. The health ministry official warned that the virus had since spread to many cities, which includes Tehran.