Over 200 people quarantined near Iran border amid coronavirus fears

Mon 24 Feb 2020 at 18:38 International

NNA - Pakistan began quarantining at least 200 people near the Iranian border, officials said Monday, as fears spiraled over the growing toll from the coronavirus in the region amid allegations of a cover-up in Iran.


The quarantine announcement came hours after Pakistan sealed off its land border with Iran while neighboring Afghanistan said it had detected its first infection.


It also came as Iranian authorities denied allegations of an official cover-up following reports that dozens of deaths had gone unreported in the country.



The quarantine announcement came hours after Pakistan sealed off its land border with Iran while neighboring Afghanistan said it had detected its first infection.


It also came as Iranian authorities denied allegations of an official cover-up following reports that dozens of deaths had gone unreported in the country.


In Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province authorities moved fast to quarantine at least 200 people after Shiite Muslim piligrims returning from Iran entered the country and briefly interacted with other residents.


"We have decided not to take a chance and keep all of them under observation for the next 15 days," Najeebullah Qambrani, assistant commissioner at the Taftan border crossing, told AFP, saying 250 people were being quarantined.


Balochistan’s secretary of health Mudassir Malik confirmed the quarantine but estimated that between 200 and 250 were being held.--AFP


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