ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Thursday closed the Wagah Border for 2 weeks to stop outbreak of lethal coronavirus within the nation, the Ministry of Inside stated.

In line with a letter written by the Ministry to the Director Normal Pakistan Rangers (Punjab), Lahore, the federal government has ordered “complete sealing of Wagah Border for an initial period of two weeks (14 days) with immediate effect in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

The Ministry in a separate announcement stated that the closure of border was in the most effective curiosity of each Pakistan and India within the wake of rising confirmed circumstances of lethal illness day-by-day.

The transfer comes after the tally of confirmed coronavirus circumstances jumped to 326 circumstances in Pakistan, in accordance with the official web site of the federal government specifically established for this function.

On Wednesday, the nation reported its first two deaths from coronavirus, each from Khyber Pakhthunkwa. The primary sufferer was a 50-year-old from Mardan who had just lately returned from Saudi Arabia. Sindh stays the worst-hit province by the pandemic.

The safety forces had sealed the border bringing all actions on the Friendship Gate—the border crossing level—to a standstill. Later, the ministry had determined for extension in closure.

Pakistan has already sealed its border with Iran at Taftan since Feb 23 following outbreak of coronavirus within the neighbouring nation.