Turkey and Pakistan have both closed their borders with Iran, with Turkey also halting incoming flights, in an effort to stop the potential spread of coronavirus after Iran reported 43 cases of the disease.
All highways and railways were closed at the border between Turkey and Iran as of 5pm local time and flights from Iran had been suspended, the Turkish health minister, Fahrettin Koca, said on Sunday. Flights from Turkey to Iran were still being allowed.
A provincial official in Pakistan and the country’s Frontier Corps also confirmed that it had sealed its land border with Iran.
Parts of Iran face lockdown as part of Iranian attempts to control the spread of Covid-19, which has killed eight people in Iran. “If the situation gets any worse city staff will be expected to convert to teleworkers,” said the mayor of Tehran, Pirouz Hanachi.