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Authorities call on people to stick to COVID-19 protective measures

  2021-07-26  | 
 Zhyan News Network
File Photo - A healtcare worker is seen opposite to a hospital dedicated to coronavirus-related patients in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq.
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Health and officials on Monday (July 26) warned of the continued spikes in COVID-19 cases in the Kurdistan Region, and called on people to adhere to protective ensures and to reduce interactions.

There are plans for the reopening of new hospitals for treating patients with the contagious disease, the health ministry said following a visit by Minister Saman Barnzji to he city of Duhok where the highest cases were logged yesterday.

“Unfortunately, the state of coronavirus spread is very bad,” the ministry said in a statement, noting the COVID-19-related cases are on the rise in the governorate and across the Kurdistan Region. 

Barznji said at a news conference that 3,559 new COVID-19 infected patients were recorded over the past 24 hours including 1,546 cases from Duhok governorate, calling for further strict health measures.

20 percent of about 17,000 people tested positive for the contagious disease in the same time span, the minister said.

“The Kurdistan Region is heading toward a worse phase of the coronavirus transmission,” Barnzji said.

“There remain only two degrees to reach the red color,” he said, referring to the color-coded classification for the spreads of the disease. 

The Sulaimani General Health Directorate called on people to heed the warning, inoculate and stick to the protective measures, such as social distancing and avoid crowding, donning facemasks and visitation to the hospitals when they have COVID-19-related symptoms.

On Sunday, the Kurdistan Region recorded 2,178 cases. Fourteen patients died and 1,057 others recovered from the communicable disease in the past 24 hours., 

There has have been spikes in the COVID-19 cases in the Region and Iraq in recent weeks following the emergence of the Delta variant that is said to be more transmissible and deadly, especially among the young populations.

Authorities blame the people on lack for adherence to protective measures. 

Overall, there have been 214,006 officially-logged cases. Out of that, 192,351 have recovered and 4,689 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 numbers may be an undercount due to limits in tests and not all patients and death are logged.

(Zhyan English)