KRG announces new measures to curb coronavirus spread

KRG Minister of Health Saman Barzinji speaks to reporters in Erbil, March 30, 2021.

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Tuesday announced new measures against spread of COVID-19 in the Kurdistan Region.

KRG Minister of Health Saman Barzinj said in a press conference that schools and universities would remain closed and students would continue studying online until April 10.

Barzinji further said all kinds of gatherings, conferences and festivals as well as parties and funerals would be prohibited in the Kurdistan Region.

“Cinemas will remain closed in public places throughout the Kurdistan Region,” he added.

The KRG minister said movement between Iraqi provinces and the Kurdistan Region will be halted on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

“Only movement of trade and diplomatic missions will be allowed,” he noted.

The KRG also decided to close cafeterias, restaurants, clubs and game centers would be closed from 9 p.m. (EBL time) until 6 a.m., he added.

The KRG will fine people and owners of markets, malls and shops for not wearing masks, according to the minister.

The new measures came after Kurdish health officials warned of a surge in coronavirus cases in the Kurdistan Region.

As of Monday, the Kurdistan Region had recorded 120,319 COVID-19 cases, with 3,653 deaths and 108,835 recoveries, according to the health ministry’s figures.

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