Erbil anti-COVID-19 operation room bans public gathering
Checkpoints stop drivers without explicit permission to be on the roads, in Irbil, Iraq, April 7, 2020. Photo by Halan Akoiy/VOA)
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – Anti-coronavirus Erbil Governorate Operations Room late on Sunday (March 28) issued several strict measures including banning public gatherings and warned of new curfews and lockdowns if people do not abide by protective health measures.
The security forces and municipality teams are authorized to take strict measures against anybody failing to abide by the health measures, especially wearing face masks, read the statement made after a meeting of the Erbil Provincial Council.
“By any means, every kind of gathering, meeting, seminar, conference in halls, garden, public open and close places are banned, the cinema halls will be closed in all the malls and markets. The local forces the municipal teams will monitor precisely. Legal measures will be taken against anybody and side who violate the decision.”
The public venues and government offices should adhere to protective measures, especially wearing face masks and avoiding crowds, otherwise, they are penalized by the municipal teams and mobile teams, according to the new instructions.
Drivers and passengers should wear face masks, if not, the traffic police and the teams will take legal measures against the violators, read the new instructions, noting the new measures will go into effect in midday on March 29.
There has have been spikes in the COVID-19 cases in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq following the emergence of new strains of the pathogen globally, especially the UK and South African variants.
On Sunday, Erbil governorate logged 348 new COVID-19 cases, six deaths and 75 recoveries over the past 24 hours. Overall, there have been 42,053 infections, 989 deaths and 37,976 recoveries since the start of the pandemic in March last 2020.
There have been 119,480 officially-logged cases in the Kurdistan Region in the same time span. Out of that, 108,483 have recovered and 3,643 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.