Foreign Policy  |  February 24, 2020

Over the weekend, Iran confirmed 43 cases and 12 deaths—and on Monday morning, an Iranian lawmaker claimed 50 people had died in the holy city of Qom—leading Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Armenia to close their borders with the country. But such blanket travel bans may not be effective in completely stopping an epidemic, as Mara Pillinger argues in FP.

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