Jordan is going to close for a week its only land trade border crossing with Syria following the spike in the number of coronavirus or COVID-19 coming from its northern neighbor, officials mentioned on Wednesday.

They said the interior minister's decision to close the main Jaber border crossing would come into effect on Thursday morning. The deadly virus outbreak has created a major stir around the world in recent times.

COVID-19 in Jordan

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Peng Zhiyong (C), head of the department of critical care medicine of Zhongnan Hospital, performs diagnosis on a patient with his colleagues in Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, Jan. 24, 2020. Central China's Hubei province reported 105 new confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and seven new deaths on Thursday, the provincial health authorities announced Friday. (Xinhua/Xiong Qi/IANS) IANS

The deadly virus has infected more than 20.1 million people globally and claimed the lives of over 741,000 people worldwide in more than 170 countries. It is currently spreading like wildfire.

Scientists are working at a ware-like speed to find a cure for the disease as a vaccine for the deadly novel virus os expected by the first quarter of 2021. The US is the worst affected county followed by Brazil and India.

(With agency inputs)