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Iraq: Government restricts entry to Iranians due to coronavirus fears

Iraq, Shalamche
February 21, 2020 at 15:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

Iranian citizens trying to enter Iraq have been prevented from entering the country for three days, while Iraqis returning to the country are facing temperature checks due to the coronavirus outbreak, as footage filmed at the neighbouring countries' border shows.

Footage shot at the border checkpoint in Shalamche shows travellers entering Iraq having their temperature checked by medical staff in hazmat suits. Some also be spotted wearing masks as a preventative measure.

According to reports, the Iraqi Border Crossing Authority suspended the entry of Iranian nationals on Thursday, following the announcement of two deaths in the Iranian city of Qom, while three others have tested positive for the new COVID-19 in the country.

The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, having killed over 2,200 people and infected over 76,000 worldwide.

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Iranian citizens trying to enter Iraq have been prevented from entering the country for three days, while Iraqis returning to the country are facing temperature checks due to the coronavirus outbreak, as footage filmed at the neighbouring countries' border shows.

Footage shot at the border checkpoint in Shalamche shows travellers entering Iraq having their temperature checked by medical staff in hazmat suits. Some also be spotted wearing masks as a preventative measure.

According to reports, the Iraqi Border Crossing Authority suspended the entry of Iranian nationals on Thursday, following the announcement of two deaths in the Iranian city of Qom, while three others have tested positive for the new COVID-19 in the country.

The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, having killed over 2,200 people and infected over 76,000 worldwide.

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