Border Ports Authority requires citizens not to travel to Iran
On Saturday, the Iraqi Corona Virus Committee asked citizens not to travel to Iran, after registering deaths and people living with the deadly virus in the latter country.
The committee, which includes the Ministry of Health, the Border Outlets Authority and other relevant ministries, affirmed that commercial traffic between the two countries should be maintained, provided that truck drivers were subjected to a medical examination.
The Border Ports Authority, in a statement, said that the committee "advises the Iraqis not to travel to [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] interest of their safety."
She added that "the commercial movement between the two countries continues, provided that the owners of the vehicles (drivers) involved in commercial exchange are subjected to a medical examination."
According to the statement, the committee sent "an official invitation to the Iranian Minister of Health to visit Iraq, to be informed of the latest health developments and their measures taken to combat the virus."
On Thursday, the Iraqi authorities announced a 3-day ban on entry by Iranians from the border crossings to prevent the transmission of the Corona virus.
Maysan province also decided on the same day, to completely close the "Al-Shaib" border crossing with [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] until further notice, while the Ministry of Transport suspended flights of airlines from [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Najaf airports to and from Iran, until further notice.
And last January, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] decided to prohibit people from China from entering the country, while its citizens from Wuhan, China, evacuated the outpost of the "Corona" outbreak, where they were kept for two weeks in quarantine.
The Iraqi government says it has not recorded any infection with the virus until Saturday.
To coincide with the Iraqi decision, Iranian television said Saturday that an Iranian official had been confirmed to be infected with the Corona virus.
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