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Eight Death toll, 43 cases, Pakistan, Turkey, others close border with Iran

Afghanistan bans travel to and from Iran

Armenia to 'suspend communication' with Iran for two weeks

Jordan bars entry to citizens from China, Iran, South Korea


Countries in Asian and middle east have reacted to the China's coronavirus outbreake in Iran by taken precautionary measures to contain further spread of the deadly mysterious virus in the region

Jordan has said it would bar citizens from China, Iran and South Korea from entering the kingdom in a bid to prevent the outbreak spreading. The minister of state for media affairs, Amjad Adayleh, said the decision was part of "preemptive measures ... following the rise in cases of coronavirus in South Korea, Iran" and China.

Turkey on Sunday announced it will "temporarily" close its land border with neighbouring Iran as alarm grows over a spike in new coronavirus infections.

"We have decided to shut the land border temporarily after an increase in the number of cases in our neighbour Iran," Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told reporters.

He added that air traffic would be unilaterally halted from 20:00 (1700GMT).

Also Pakistan has announced it is closing its border with neighbouring Iran after Tehran announced eight deaths from the coronavirus.

"We have closed our border with Iran because of the reports of coronavirus there," said Ayesha Zehri, a senior government official in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan's province, which borders Iran.

Afghanistan has also suspended air and ground travel to neighbouring Iran, where millions of Afghan refugees live, as fears grow across the region over a jump in new coronavirus infections.

"To prevent the spread of the novel #coronavirus and protect the public, Afghanistan suspends all passenger movement (air and ground) to and from Iran," the office of the National Security Council of Afghanistan said in a statement on Twitter.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has said that the country will "suspend communication" with Iran for two weeks in a bid to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

In a post on Facebook, Pashinyan said Armenia would close its border with Iran and halt air transport.

He added that Armenia's Coronavirus Prevention Commission would meet on Monday.

Iran has confirmed at least 15 new cases of the new coronavirus, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said on state TV, adding that the death toll has reached eight in the country.

"So far, we have 43 infected cases and the death toll is eight," said Kianush Jahanpur.

Iranian Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday accused foreign media of trying to use a deadly outbreak of coronavirus in Iran to "discourage" people from voting in a general election.

"This negative propaganda began a few months ago and grew larger approaching the election and in the past two days, under the pretext of an illness and a virus, their media did not miss the slightest opportunity to discourage people from voting," said Khamenei on his official website. "(Our enemies) are even opposed to any election by the Iranian people".


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