Iraq urges citizens to adhere to health precautions during New Year celebrations

File – Iraqis are wearing face masks and gloves as precautionary measures against coronavirus outbreak in the country (Reuters)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Iraqi ministry of health urged citizens to adhere to the health precautionary measures during New Year celebrations due to coronavirus spread.

In a statement on Friday, the health ministry called on Iraqi citizens to follow the health precautionary measures, especially wearing masks, maintaining physical distance as well as getting vaccinated.

More than two million Iraqis have been infected with Covid and 24,115 have died in Iraq since the outbreak of the pandemic, according to official figures.

Despite an increase in the number of people getting jabbed, Iraq’s government has been unable to overcome general skepticism about vaccines and measures aimed at preventing the spread of the virus.

There is a high level of public mistrust of institutions in Iraq amid the circulation of misleading information about the pandemic.

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