Iran’s neighbors closed their borders to the country due to mounting concerns on the spread of the novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, after over a dozen deaths were confirmed in Iran.

Iraq closed all its border crossings with Iran for three days following the deaths of two Iranians from the deadly virus on Feb. 20, but later extended its entry ban on Iranian travelers Monday for 15 additional days.

Iraq on Monday also closed its border crossing with Kuwait over fears of the new coronavirus.

Turkey also temporarily closed its border with Iran over the outbreak, its health

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