KRG to quarantine people returning to Kurdistan Region from India

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has ordered to quarantine people returning to the Kurdistan Region from India, as part of measures to prevent the new variant of the virus to enter the Region.

In a statement, the KRG ministry of health said people who directly or indirectly return to the Kurdistan Region from India would be quarantined for 14 days.

“Even if the second PCR test was negative, those people would be quarantined at their home for the third week and will be monitored by the medical teams,” the ministry said on Thursday.

India reported 386,452 news cases on Friday, while deaths from COVID-19 jumped by 3,498 over the last 24 hours, according to health ministry data.

However, medical experts believe actual COVID-19 numbers may be five to 10 times greater than the official tally, according to Reuters.

On Tuesday, Iraq’s Civil Aviation Authority suspended all flights to and from India until further notice.

Iraqi parliament’s crisis cell also called for strict measures to be taken by the federal government as the Indian variant of the virus is “very close” to entering Iraq.

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