Pakistan decided on Wednesday to seal all entry points to the mountainous Chitral Valley in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province to protect the region from the coronavirus outbreak.

Lower Chitral and Upper Chitral, the two districts of the landlocked area that borders Afghanistan and the northern Gilgit Baltistan region, have no COVID-19 cases so far.

“Chitral has no coronavirus case yet so we have taken this decision to protect the area and its inhabitants,” Ajmal Wazir, a spokesman for the KP government, told Anadolu Agency.

He said no one from outside the area will be allowed to enter

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