February 20, 2020 / 8:58 PM / in a month

Iraq bans border crossings by Iranians amid coronavirus fears

CAIRO (Reuters) - Iraq banned border crossings by Iranian nationals for three days from Thursday amid fears of the coronavirus, Iraq’s state news agency said on Thursday.

The decision came after Iraqi Airways suspended flights to Iran.

Two Iranians who tested positive on Wednesday for the disease have died, while three tested positive on Thursday, taking the total number of confirmed cases in Iran to five, the Iranian health ministry said.

Reporting by Alaa Swilam; editing by Nick Macfie

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