Iran closes borders with Iraq over COVID-19 resurgence

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TEHRAN, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Iran's borders with Iraq have been closed following the resurgence of novel coronavirus, Iran Daily reported on Wednesday.

The Iranians will not be able to travel to Iraq for the Shiite ritual of Arbaeen this year, Iran's Police Chief Hossein Ashtari was quoted as saying.

Ashtari urged the pilgrims to avoid traveling to Iran-Iraq border areas.

On Sept. 20, the Iraqi Health Ministry said that the entry of foreign travelers into the country was banned amid the appearance of novel coronavirus.

Arbaeen, which falls on Oct. 8 this year, marks the 40th day of martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.

The Iraqi city of Karbala, which hosts the holy shrine of Imam Hussain, attracts millions of pilgrims from regional countries for the rituals every year. Enditem

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