Erbil governor urges extension of coronavirus curfew

Erbil Governor Firsat Sofi speaks to NRT on March 29, 2020 (NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI — The governor of Erbil told NRT on Sunday (March 29) that local officials believe that it would be better if the ongoing curfew were to be extended, but with changes to make life easier for residents.

The entire Kurdistan Region is currently under a curfew designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The lockdown began in the cities of Sulaimani and Erbil on March 14 and is currently set to expire on April 1.

Erbil governor Firsat Sofi told NRT’s Tawtwe interview program that the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Interior will decide whether to extend the curfew after consulting with the governorates, administrations, the health ministry, and the Kurdistan Region presidency.

He also said that officials in Erbil have officially called on the government to ensure that renters are given forgiven their obligations during the crisis, regardless of whether they live in government or private housing.

Meanwhile KRG Minister of Health Saman Barzinji said on Sunday night that the current situation requires the government enact strict measures to contain the spread of coronavirus in the Region, adding that public health concerns should come before anything else.

(NRT Digital Media)