Armenia to suspend air and land communication with Iran

The Armenian Government is expected to make a decision on suspending communication with Iran for two weeks, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in a Facebook post.

“Based on Article 16 of the Law on State Border of the Republic of Armenia, which deals with the temporary cessation of communication across the state border in the event of the spread of infectious diseases, the Government will make an extraordinary decision to suspend communication with the Islamic Republic of Iran for two weeks,” the Prime Minister said.

In particular, Iran-Armenia air communication and the entry of people through the Meghri border crossing to Armenia will be suspended.

The Coronavirus Prevention Commission will meet on Monday morning to discuss the  next steps, possible scenarios and measures to follow.

Iran’s health ministry raised the death toll from the new coronavirus to eight Sunday.

There were now 43 confirmed cases of the illness in Iran, health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour told state TV. That’s a jump from a Saturday’s total of 28 confirmed cases and six fatalities.

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