The federal government has made the announcement to shut the border of Pakistan with Afghanistan in mid of the apprehensions of the coronavirus outbreak, as per the reports of local media.
The government has issued a letter regarding the closure of the Pak-Afghan border crossing at Chaman in the first phase.
The border of Pakistan with Afghanistan would remain closed from the 2nd of March for 7 days, as per the notification of the Interior Ministry.
The Chaman border crossing would remain closed for 7 days in the initial phase, as per the order. The decision has been taken keeping in view to avoid the outbreak of the virus, as informed further by the letter.
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The Afghanistan border is a cause of concern for Pakistan after the coronavirus erupted in the neighbouring country Iran.
Islamabad has closed its border crossings with Iran while Kabul has also suspended all travel activities to the country, which has reported 43 deaths out of almost 543 infections, making it the second-highest hit nations after China.
Coronavirus has spread out to more than 25 nations, taking lives of more than 2,835 and infecting 85,000 people mostly in China.