As governorate faces worsening outbreak, Duhok suspends government operations until August 15

Many restrictions remain in place
A general view of Duhok city (File)

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SULAIMANI — For much of the Kurdistan Region’s outbreak, Duhok had relatively fewer cases of coronavirus infection than Erbil and Sulaimani, but in light of a significant rise over the past two weeks, the provincial officials have decided to suspend government operations until August 15.

On Monday, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) health ministry announced that Duhok has recorded 718 total cases since the outbreak began in March. Two weeks ago, that number was 343. Four people have died in the governorate.

Tuesday’s announcement follows the extension and renewal of a number of public health measures designed to prevent the spread of the outbreak, including the closure of all tourist sites, parks, cafeterias, and tea houses.

Masks will also be required for entry to many public places and businesses.

The travel ban between the Kurdistan Region’s governorates remains in place.

(NRT Digital Media)