Thursday Mar 19 2020
Web Desk

Pakistan closes Wagah Border over coronavirus fears

Web Desk

Pakistan on Thursday closed the Wagah Border in its bid to prevent the spread of virus in the country, the interior ministry said.

According to the notification by the interior ministry, the border will be closed for 2 weeks.

Border closure is in the interest of both Pakistan and India, the notification added.

The moves comes after the number of confirmed coronavirus cases hit 329 in Pakistan. 

On Wednesday, the country reported its first death from coronavirus, both from Khyber Pakhthunkwa.

The first victim was a 50-year-old from Mardan who had recently returned from Umrah.

“The patient had developed fever, cough and breathing difficulty and tested +ve for corona virus. Contacts are being screened," Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra said.

The second was a resident of Hangu. 

"Sadly, a second patient in LRH Peshawar, a 36-year-old, from Hangu, has also passed away, from the Corona Virus," Jhagra said.