Uzbekistan closes border with Afghanistan in response to Covid-19 pandemic
The exacerbation of the epidemic situation in Afghanistan has led to the suspension of movement across the Afghan-Uzbek border, Uzbek Health Ministry announced.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_ announced closure of its borders with Afghanistan due to Cocid-19, Uzbek authorities announced on Tuesday.
According to the repots, the Uzbekistan embassy and consulates in Afghanistan will not issued tourism visa for the Afghan nationals until a future notice.
Afghan or Uzbek citizens will be granted permission to return to their home countries, crossing the border, however, infection will be checked on all persons entering the border at the Termez checkpoint, sources said.
Workers from diplomatic missions, consular agencies, foreign organizations, and their families, and international truck drivers, are permitted to cross the border into Uzbekistan, exceptionally. Foreign nationals suspected of being infected with the coronavirus will be refused to enter Uzbekistan.
This comes at a time when the recent confirmed Covid-19 cases in Afghanistan and the death tolls have incrased.
Afghanistan has recorded 107,957 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 4,366 associated fatalities so far.