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KRG halts in-person education for all but twelfth grade

  2021-03-10  | 
 Zhyan News Network
File - A view of a grade in a basic school somewhere in the Kurdistan Region (File)
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Spokesperson for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Jotiar Adil said on Wednesday (March 10) that in-classroom education will be halted for all the grades barring the twelfth grades from March 12 to March 25.

During a press conference following a meeting of the Supreme Committee to Combat Coronavirus, Adil said that the committee had decided to tighten the measures to contain the contagious disease following spikes in the related infections.

He also said that Iraqi nationals coming to the Kurdistan Region from central and southern Iraq should test negative for coronavirus 72 hours before coming. 

“No decisions have been made for a lockdown during the days of Newroz,” he said.

On March 2, the Region received 5,000 doses of two-administered coronavirus vaccine produced by the Chinese state-run Sinopharm and donated by China.

There has been a significant rise in coronavirus cases in the Kurdistan Region following the emergence of new variants of the virus globally.

KRG Minister of Health Saman Barzinji previously said  that most of the new cases are the UK strain.

On Wednesday, the KRG Ministry of Health recorded 335 new coronavirus cases, four new deaths and 111 recoveries over past 24 hours.

Overall, there have been 111,516 officially-logged cases. Out of that, 104,884 have recovered and 3,546 have died.

The 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.

(Zhyan English)