March 9, 2020
Pakistan on Sunday reopened its border with Iran in the Taftan, Balochistan, area two weeks after closing it down to limit the spread of coronavirus from the neighboring country, reported state-run Radio Pakistan.
“Over 35 vehicles filled with LPG and loaded with other kind of goods were allowed to enter Pakistan through Taftan,” the report said, adding that health teams deputed at various entry points were “screening the Iranian drivers” for the virus.
Pakistan’s sealed its land border with Iran on February 23 after several coronavirus deaths were reported in the neighboring country.
The deadly respiratory illness has hit around 100,000 in the world since it was first reported in China in January this year. Six cases have been reported positive in Pakistan so far.
Iran is one of the worst-hit countries with the highest number of coronavirus deaths outside of China. The death toll in Iran jumped to 145 on Saturday.
Meanwhile, several measures have been taken by Pakistan to limit the spread of the disease, with isolation units set up in the southwestern province of Balochistan to screen people returning from Iran. Those testing positive for the virus are then placed under quarantine for a period of two weeks.
“We receive hundreds of pilgrims from Iran every day who are quarantined at the border. Around 3,800 people have been quarantined since the border was sealed last month,” Liaquat Shahwani, spokesperson for Balochistan government, told Arab News on Saturday.