Iraq’s Health Ministry Spokesman Seif al-Badr, in a statement on Thursday, said that no order has been issued to the border authorities to close the gateways with Iran due to the new coronavirus outbreak.
This is while some foreign media circulated the rumor that Iraq had directed all health centers operating in the ports with Iran to implement new restrictions on the travelers and merchandise coming from Iran.
According to Iran’s health ministry, 17 patients have tested positive for the coronavirus in the cities of Qom, Tehran, Rasht and Arak, 4 of whom died on Wednesday.
The government announced on Thursday the establishment of a ‘Coronavirus Combat and Prevention Headquarters’ to counter the deadly virus.
Severity of Illness and risk of mortality of coronavirus is less than SARS and Middle East respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus (MERS-CoV) which is about three percent.