Turkey has closed its border with Iran and halted incoming flights as a precaution to cease the possible spread of coronavirus just after the neighbouring region noted 43 cases of the ailment, the wellbeing minister explained on Sunday.
All highways and railways were shut as of 5 p.m. (14:00 GMT) and flights from Iran suspended, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca advised reporters. Flights from Turkey to Iran are still authorized.
Eight persons have died in Iran, the highest dying toll from the new coronavirus outdoors of China wherever it originated.
5 people today in the southeastern Turkish city of Van ended up discovered to not have coronavirus right after getting place under observation, Koca explained. Turkey has been monitoring the border with thermal cameras in new times, he additional.
There are a few mainland crossings alongside the about 500 km (310 miles) border amongst Turkey’s southeast and Iran’s northwest.