Iraq extends lockdown for another nine days

After a sharp rise in coronavirus cases
An Iraqi soldier wearing a protective suit sprays disinfectant to sanitize a street, during a curfew imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Baghdad, Iraq March 31, 2020.REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

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SULAIMANI — Federal Minister of Health Hassan Tamimi said in a statement on Sunday (May 24) that Iraq will enter a lockdown for nine days, starting from the first day of Eid al-Fitr due to the spike in coronavirus cases in Iraq.

"The measures that will be taken after the Eid Al-Fitr to confront the coronavirus, include imposing a lockdown and not lifting it until after nine days," Tamimi said.

"The Ministry of Health will assess the epidemiological situation after the holiday to take measures in accordance with the health situation," noting that "the high number of infections of the coronavirus is due to the lack of commitment by citizens in following the preventative measures,”

According to the health ministry, there have been 4,469 cases of coronavirus. A total of 2,738 patients have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 160 have died from it.

(NRT Digital Media)