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PM Barzani says ‘deeply concerned’ by surge in COVID-19 cases in Kurdistan Region

  2021-03-29  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani during a meeting of the Kurdistan Region Supreme Council for Investment in Erbil, March 15,2021. Photo by KRG
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani said on Monday (March 29) that he was concerned by the current surge in COVID-19 cases and urged the Kurdistan Region’s four governor to assume liabilities in containing the disease. 

“I’m deeply concerned by the surge in covid cases across the Kurdistan Region. In this critical moment, I urge all four governors to recognize their solemn responsibility to the public and the nation. That begins by fully adopting the latest public measures,” Barzani tweeted. 

“This is not the time for complacency or politics. Our health sector is being tested again, our citizens' lives put at higher risk of death, and our recent progress in containing the virus is now in peril.”

He also asked the people to “wear masks in public places, avoid group gatherings and wash your hands regularly.”

Over the past months, the Kurdistan Region has received two batches of COVID-19 vaccines, 5,000 doses of the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine and 43,800 jobs of the Oxford-manufactured AstraZenneca vaccine. 

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, KRG Minister of Health logged 926 new coronavirus cases, eleven new deaths and 298 recoveries over past 24 hours. 

Overall, there have been 119,480 officially-logged cases. 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.

(Zhyan English)