QUETTA, Pakistan: The Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza has said that over the next few days we will gradually allow Pakistani Zaireens (pilgrims) returning from Iran in batches after their full health screening.
In a twitter message on Friday, Dr Zafar Mirza said that he visited the Taftan-Zahdan border and reviewed the situation. He said that the point of entry is being strengthened.
226/ At Taftan-Zahdan border. Reviewed the situation and now we have a plan! Over next few days we will gradually allow Pakistani Zaireens returning from Iran in batches after full health screening. Point of entry is being strengthened. Thanks to all for the hard work! pic.twitter.com/ZhaqwX0s6Y
— Zafar Mirza (@zfrmrza) February 28, 2020
Following the confirmation of two Coronavirus Cases in Pakistan as two nationals having returned from Iran days before were diagnosed with the virus, Pakistan closed its border with Iran in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak in the neighboring Country, leaving a number of Pakistani pilgrims stranded in Iran.
The Quetta-Taftan Railway Track was also shut down; though as per the Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui, no decision had so far been taken with regard to suspension of flight operations between Pakistan and Iran.
The Coronavirus outbreak in Iran has so far taken 26 lives, the highest after China wherein 2,788 people have succumbed to the virus.
The former Iranian Ambassador to Vatican Hadi Khosrowshahi has also died of the deadly virus.
Besides, the Head of the Iranian Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Mujtaba ZulNour and the Iranian Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar are also among 245 persons infected with the Coronavirus in Iran.
ایران میں کرونا وائرس نے 26افرادکی جان لے لی۔مزید 106افراد میں وائرس کی تصدیق۔۔متاثرہ افراد کی تعداد 245 ہوگئی۔ایرانی پارلیمنٹ میں قومی سلامتی اور خارجہ امور کے صدرمجتبیٰ ذوالنور اور نائب صدر برائے خواتین و خاندانی امور معصومہ ابتکار بھی متاثرہ افراد میں شامل۔۔۔ pic.twitter.com/gaDq3IKjok
— PTV News (@PTVNewsOfficial) February 28, 2020