India prohibits passengers from Afghanistan, Philippines and Malaysia over coronavirus

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Mar 17, 2020, 12:13 PM(IST)

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The move comes amid reports of thousands of Afghans returning from virus-hit Iran in the past 20 days

The government today prohibited travel of passengers from Afghanistan, Philippines and Malaysia to India till March 31 amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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The order is due to come into effect immediately, the government said.

The move comes amid reports of thousands of Afghans returning from virus-hit Iran in the past 20 days.

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Reports said several people fled the isolation section of a Herat hospital.

Meanwhile, Malaysian PM Muhyiddin said that the country will ban its citizens from travelling overseas and foreigners from entering the country to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

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"I am aware that you may feel that this action taken by the government will create difficulties in running your daily lives," Muhyiddin said in a television address to the nation, adding, "However, this action must be taken by the government to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak which is likely to take the lives of people in this country."

Malaysia hasn't recorded any coronavirus-related deaths so far.

In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered citizens to stay home. The country has 142 cases of coronavirus with 12 deaths.

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