Turkey closes borders with Iran over coronavirus concerns

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s health minister says the border with Iran will be closed due to the number of coronavirus cases in its eastern neighbor. The minister says flights from Iran would also cease Sunday evening.

Turkey has not recorded any cases of coronavirus, while Iran has seen eight deaths. Speaking in Istanbul, Turkey’s health minister says that “By effective early measures, we have been able to keep this disease and epidemic away from our country.”

But he says the jump in cases in Iran alarmed the Turkish government. He said travel from Turkey to Iran would still continue.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 23, 2020)

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