March 10, 2020 / 4:16 PM / a month ago

Jordan bars entry from West Bank, Israel, Iraq, Egypt due to coronavirus

AMMAN, March 10 (Reuters) - Jordan on Tuesday closed border crossings with Israel and the Israeli-occupied West Bank and its seaports to shipping from Egypt as well as barred overland passenger traffic from Iraq to protect the kingdom from coronavirus, the health minister said.

The government has also banned travel to Lebanon and Syria and from Monday will bar entry to travellers from France, Germany and Spain, Saad Jaber told a news conference.

Jordan announced earlier this month that a man who had arrived on a flight from Italy had tested positive for coronavirus, the first case confirmed in the country. Jordanian authorities have not announced any new cases. (Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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