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KRG limits travel to other Iraqi governorates

  2021-04-05  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A security officer wearing protective gloves and mask approaches a man on a motorbike in front of the Erbil citadel, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Photo by AFP
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Supreme Committee to Combat Coronavirus announced a travel ban between the Kurdistan Region and the governorates under the federal authority to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and “protecting health security.

The UN agencies, international organizations, the Global Coalition Against Daesh/ ISIS, foreign diplomats, businesspeople and investors, official delegations are excluded in the new instructions by the task force, the KRG Ministry of Interior in a statement. 

The patients that need medical treatment in the Kurdistan Region’s hospitals are also allowed to visit the Kurdistan Region from other Iraqi governorates, read the statement.

Trade will continue between the Region with other governorates in Iraq taking into consideration “all the protective measures,” it noted. 

On Monday, the KRG Ministry of Health recorded the highest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases with new 1,045 infections, sixteen deaths and 407 recoveries.

It was the second time the infections reached over 1,000 since November 12 as 1,014 cases were logged on Sunday. 

Overall, there have been 126,191 officially-logged cases. Out of that, 111,494 have recovered and 3,731 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.

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

(Zhyan News Network)