First five cases of COVID-19 variant confirmed in Erbil
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – Five cases of COVID-19 variant, first identified in United Kingdom, were confirmed in Erbil, Health Ministry announced on Sunday (February 21).
This is the first time cases of this variant have been confirmed in the Kurdistan Region after being “suspected” on Saturday (February 20).
“Five individuals who were suspected to have been infected with COVID-19 variant, tested positive,” Aso Hawezi spokesman for Health Ministry confirmed to Zhyan News Network.
It isn't known yet how the new virus variant, 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.