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Kurdistan Region suspects first cases of COVID-19 variant: Ministry

  2021-02-20  | 
 Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network


SULAIMANI – The Kurdistan Region may have five possible cases of the COVID-19 variant, Health Ministry said on Saturday (February 20).

The cases have yet to be confirmed and health officials in the Kurdistan Region await confirmation of five possible variant cases, Aso Hawezi the spokesman for Health Ministry said.

It isn't known yet how the new virus variant, if confirmed, got into the Kurdistan Region communities — or how it may have spread.

According to the ministry spokesman, labs in the Kurdistan Region that process COVID-19 tests have the medical equipment needed to identify new variants.

The Kurdistan Region’s airports and security checkpoints will host testing on-site for the COVID-19 variant, Hawezi said.

“Total preparations have been made to respond to any kind of proceeding and test anyone who visit the Kurdistan Region from other parts of Iraq,” he added.

Medical experts suggest COVID-19 variant which was first found in the United Kingdom, may be up to 70 per cent more transmissible than the old variant.

Earlier this week, Health Ministry said no decision has been made to impose lockdown, but as soon as it was decided an announcement will be made.

(Zhyan English)