Feb 20, 2020, 4:39 PM
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Iraq's health ministry denies any call for closure of borders with Iran

Baghdad, Feb 20, IRNA – Iraqi Health Ministry on Thursday strongly denied the rumors that the country has called for closure of borders with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Iraqi ministry announced that it has made no request for shutting Iranian borders due to concerns over spread of coronavirus.

Official spokesman of the ministry Seif ol-Badr dismissed the rumor, saying that the ministry will release a statement in this respect.

Certain media outlets including Al-Arabiya claimed that Iraqi Health Ministry has called on relevant institutes to close down borders with Iran to prevent spread of coronavirus.

Two patients suspected of contamination with coronavirus were quarantined in northern Iranian city of Babol, Health official with University of Medical Education in Babol Mostafa Javanian said on Thursday.

Javanian told IRNA that the two patients are in quarantine and under medical examination.

Two fatal cases have already been confirmed in Qom, 140 km south of Tehran.

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