Officials in Duhok not calling for lockdown, despite alarming rise in coronavirus cases

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SULAIMANI — Following a dramatic increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the governorate, officials at Duhok Health Directorate said on Saturday (August 15) that they are not calling for the authorities to impose a lockdown, but added that new protective measures are necessary to mitigate the outbreak.

Spokesperson for Duhok Health Directorate Hamza Raziki told NRT Digital Media that calling for a lockdown was one option on the table, but that officials were holding off on doing so for the time being.

The Duhok Operations Room is scheduled to meet today and is expected to announce new protective measures.

In Duhok, which had heretofore been spared the worst of the pandemic relative to Sulaimani and Erbil, the total number of infections rose more than four-fold from 385 to 1,619 during the three-week period between July 24 and Friday.

According to the health ministry, there have now been 20,002 total cases of coronavirus in the Kurdistan Region. An official tally of 11,028 patients has recovered from COVID-19 as of Friday, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 712 have died from it.

(NRT Digital Media)


Graph depicting cumulative coronavirus cases since June 1, 2020 (Image Credit: KRG)