KARACHI, Pakistan

Pakistan announced Thursday the suspension of flights to and from Iran for an indefinite period amid fears about the spread of the coronavirus.

The move came one day after Pakistan confirmed first two cases of the virus — one each in Karachi and Islamabad. The patients recently returned from Iran.

“The government has decided to cease all direct flights between Pakistan and Iran with effect from midnight between 27 and 28 February 2020 till further notice,” Joint Secretary of Aviation Ministry Abdul Sattar Khokhar told Anadolu Agency.

Stranded citizens of both countries, however, may use a third-country route

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