Coronavirus quarantine centre at Taftan Border runs out of room for pilgrims
The process of quarantining pilgrims at the Pak-Iran Taftan Border continues, but room has run out of the quarantine centre.
Authorities want to ensure that the pilgrims didn’t show any signs of contracting the coronavirus before allowing them to leave.
The quarantine center has reached its maximum capacity, moving 500 people to a quarantine camp near Pakistan House.
The border has been closed for the last 12 days as of Thursday, while for the fourth day the Pak-Afghan border in Chaman was closed. But tourists are still coming back from Iran.
Pakistan is taking extra precautions after 5 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the region.
The government of Balochistan has decided to send any new pilgrims arriving in Quetta from Iran. According to the PDMA, a quarantine cell is being built in the Hazarganj in Quetta where 3,000 people can be accommodated.
Today (Thursday) more pilgrims are expected again. Iran has the highest coronavirus-related death rate outside China and 77 people have died so far.
The health ministry said on Tuesday that for the second day in a row the number of confirmed cases had risen by more than 50 percent. It now stands at 2,336 but, according to BBC, the true figure is believed to be much higher.