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KRG anti-COVID-19 task force issues new strict instructions

  2021-07-19  | 
 Zhyan News Network
File Photo -Healthcare check the condition of a patient in a coronavirus-related hopsital somewhere in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq. File
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Committee to Committee Coronavirus on Monday (July 19) issued several new directives following recording over 1,900 daily coronavirus-related cases in the past 24 hours. 

People will be fined 20 Iraqi dinars ($13.7) if they do not wear facemasks, as per the new instructions.

The public sector employees working at the governmental institutions should vaccinate against the contagious disease, read the fresh decision, warning “legal measures will be taken against any employee neglecting.”

On Monday, KRG Minister of Health Saman Barznji said at a news conference that have been 1,985 COVID-19-related cases, with nineteen deaths in the past 24 hours. 

This was the highest single-day daily rise since the outbreak of the pandemic in early March 2020. The highest daily infections previously stood at 1,597 cases logged on October 27. 

1,032 new patients were recovered in the same period, the health ministry said.

Overall, there have been 205,575 logged cases since the start of the outbreak in March 2020. Out of that, 187,270 have recovered and 45,99 have died. 

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

Eid al-Adha morning prayer is allowed but with tightened measures such as the prayers should don face masks and keep social distancing in about two meters between two prayers. 

There 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 the protective measures. 

Funerals at homes and mosques and visits to graveyards are banned, according to the new instructions, authorizing the head of the neighborhoods (mukhtars) and police stations to enforce the new instructions and violators will be fined 2 million Iraqi dinars ($1,371).

Wedding halls and other crowding occasions are also closed and prohibited, the new instructions said, issued by the KRG Ministry of Interior, calling on people not to visit each other during the public holiday.

Kurdish Muslim population is supposed to celebrate Eid al-Adha starting on Tuesday, which believers usually celebrate by praying at mosques, greeting each other and serve meals and candies at home.

On July 15, Barznji said that the first case of Delta variant has bene recorded in the Region.

On Monday, the Sulaimani General Health Directorate said that it had recorded the first case of the COVID-19 Delta variant.

The Delta variant spread faster than other variants of coronavirus because it makes more copies of itself inside our bodies at a faster pace, researchers found. It has bene detected in over 90 countries, according to World Health Organization (WHO.). 

(Zhyan English)

*This story was updated at 07:00  pm EBL on Monday (July 19)