Iraq closes borders with Iran over coronavirus concerns

Iraq closed today, Tuesday, two commercial border crossings with Iran over the novel coronavirus concerns.

An Iraqi police source said that the Mandali and Munthiriya border crossings with Iran in the Diyala province in eastern Iraq were closed today, to commercial traffic with Iran for 72 hours, following a decision by the Ministry of Health’s crisis cell.

He added that Iraqis arriving from Iran through the border crossings will be asked to take medical test. They will be examined upon arrival to make sure they are not carrying the virus, noting that such measures are precautionary.

The number of those who tested positive for the virus in Iraq has reached five, one of whom is an Iranian visitor, and a family of four coming from Iran.

Four border outlets with Iran has been closed for the last couple of days, due to fears of spreading the epidemic.

Trade between Iraq and Iran has been affected due to the closure of the border crossings following the spread of the virus, where the volume of commercial exchange was about US$ 14 billion annually.

Source: Jordan News Agency