KARACHI, Pakistan

Pakistan on Monday announced it was extending an ongoing border closure for an additional two weeks amid a surge in novel coronavirus cases in the country.

An Interior Ministry statement said the decision to extend the closure with neighboring India, China, Afghanistan and Iran had been taken in line with the government’s strategy to stem the spread COVID-19 cases in the country.

However, two main crossing points between Pakistan and Afghanistan will remain open three days a week only for cargo trucks.

On March 16, Pakistan had closed its borders with neighboring countries for two weeks, later extending

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