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Jordan bans entry of travellers from Iran, South Korea after coronavirus outbreak

February 24, 2020 at 12:07 pm

People wear masks after deaths and new confirmed cases revealed from the coronavirus on 21 February 2020 [Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency]

Jordan yesterday banned non-Jordanian travellers from entering the country from Iran and South Korea as a “temporary precautionary measure” after the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Government spokesperson, Amjad Adaileh, said the precautionary measures are being implemented in light of the high number of reported cases in South Korea and Iran.

He explained that “Jordanians coming from these countries will be subjected to precautionary home quarantine for a period of two weeks to ensure that they are not infected with the disease.”

Adaileh noted that the government has also tightened health control procedures at all border crossings and airports.

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Earlier this month, Jordan barred Chinese travellers who were present in China after the outbreak of the disease from entering its territories.

On Saturday, South Korea announced that it had registered 87 new cases of people infected with the emerging coronavirus; a total of 433 cases of the disease were recorded in the country.

Meanwhile, the Iranian health ministry announced that 43 cases of the virus had been identified in the Islamic Republic.