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Health official warns of interaction ahead of Eid al-Adha

  2021-07-19  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A Kurdish Iraqi nurse looks at the IV solution the home of a COVID-19 infected patient she is treating in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, November 3, 2020. Photo by AFP
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Ahead of a public holiday, a senior health official on Sunday (July 18) cautioned against a recent spike in the COVID-19-related cases as the Kurdistan Region recorded the highest single-day rise on Sunday.

“Unfortunately, the coronavirus infection rate has climbed by third-fold lately in comparison with a week prior to now. The numbers are dangerous and thousands of daily cases are expected in the future,” Aso Hawezi, the spokesperson for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Health, said.

“What is perceived is a complete passiveness to the protective measures at all the places [by people]. Catastrophe will come if we do not reduce interactions,” Hawezi said.

The health ministry has evaluated the current state of the pandemic in the Region and presented its recommendation to the the KRG Council of Ministers, the health official said, calling on people to adhere to protective measures such us social distancing and donning facemasks.

As Muslims around the world, the Kurdish community celebrates Eid al-Adha starting on Tuesday by usually praying at Mosques, greeting and visiting one another and serving candies. 

The health ministry has recently recorded the first case of Delta variant in the Region.

There has have been a spike in the COVID-19 cases in the Region and Iraq in recent weeks. Authorities blame  people for the lack of adherence to protective measures. 

On Sunday, the KRG Ministry of Health recorded the highest-single day COVID-19 cases in the Kurdistan Region in 2021 with 1,456 cases in the past 24 hours.

Six deaths and 651 recoveries were also logged in the same time span.

Overall, there have been 203,590 officially-logged cases. Out of that, 186,238 have recovered and 3,580 have died.

The Kurdistan Region recorded the first coronavirus cases on March 1 last year and the cases were climbing before declining to just few tens.
The highest daily infections were logged on October 27 with 1,597 cases.

The numbers may be an undercount due to limits in tests and not all patients and deaths are logged.

(Zhyan English)