The Armenian government says it has closed its border with Iran, as several coronavirus cases spreading through the Middle East appear to have links with one Iranian province.
Armenia shares a 43-kilometer (27-mile) border with Iran, and has not yet reported any coronavirus cases.
Armenian government spokesperson Armen Khachatryan told CNN the border had been effectively shut since Monday and will be in effect for two weeks, but that some vehicles would be excepted.
“Of course, there will be some exceptions. No restrictions will be imposed on cargo transportations. Drivers shall be subject to special control, and a special procedure shall be applicable for the traffic of goods and commodities. There will be no restrictions on the repatriation of citizens on either side, that is, they can freely return to their homeland," he said, adding that some air traffic restrictions would also apply.
"During the next two weeks we will keep in close touch with Iran’s official representatives in order to have a more comprehensive idea of the situation, after which we will jointly decide what to do next.”