More Borders Close Over COVID-19 Fears As Afghanistan Reports 293 Fresh Cases

Kabul: To control the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, crossing at Pak-Afghan Torkham border was suspended for entry of non-Pakistani citizens on Wednesday, said Deputy Commissioner, Khyber Mansoor Arshad. Also, Pakistan on Wednesday, sealed its land borders with Iran and Afghanistan over apprehensions regarding transmission of new variants of the virus.

The border closures come even as the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Thursday reported 293 new positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the last 24 hours. The ministry also reported nine deaths and 211 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

The Torkham border closing will be in effect from 6:00 pm on May 5 to May 20. Non-Pakistani individuals will be not allowed to cross into Pakistan, but Pakistani citizens with a passport will be allowed to enter the country. Similarly, only Afghan nationals will be permitted to move to Afghanistan via the Torkham border and no Pakistani will be allowed to go to Afghanistan.

The district top official Arshad further said that COVID-19 test of all Pakistan nationals coming into the country through Torkham will be conducted and in case of positive cases, the patient will be quarantined at Landi Kotal and Jamrud hospitals. In addition, wearing a face is a must while entering into Pakistan, the official added.

According to border security force, transportation of export and import will continue as usual on both sides of the border, however, COVID-19 tests of suspected drivers will be carried out, he said.

Meanwhile, the total number of cases now stand at 61,445, while the number of reported deaths is 2,673 and the total number of recoveries is 53,961.

MoPH added that the new cases were reported in Kabul, Herat, Kandahar, Balkh, Nangarhar, Baghlan, Takhar, Kunduz, Paktia, Parwan, Wardak, Badakhshan, Kapisa, Logar, Ghazni, Kunar, Laghman, Zabul, Ghor and Khost provinces.
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