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KRG to impose complete lockdown during Eid al-Fitr: spox

  2021-04-28  | 
 Zhyan News Network
File Photo - Spokesperson for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Jotiar Adil speaks during a press conference in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, April 14,2021. Photo by Jotiar Adil on Facebook
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Spokesperson for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Jotiar Adil said on Wednesday (April 28) that there will be a total lockdown during the three days of Eid al-Fitr starting on May 12 and in-person education will remain closed for most grades.

Adil’s statement came after a meeting of the KRG Committee to Combat Coronavirus met to evaluated the state of the coronavirus pandemic in the Kurdistan Region.

He also said that the task force will wait for the KRG health ministry’s report on coronavirus pandemic to decide on whether to resume in-classroom education beyond the eid and the previously declared protective measures will remain in place. 

The senior official also said that flights to and from India will be halted following a decision by the federal transportation ministry on Tuesday and people returning from the coronavirus-hit country should quarantine for fourteen days.

KRG Ministry of Education said in a statement that online education will continue for grades first to eleventh and curriculum for both semesters will be reduced for the final exams., excluding the twelfth grade. 

On March 10, the anti-coronavirus task force decided to halt in-classroom education for universities, schools and institutes, except for examinations, the twelfth grades are excluded.

On Wednesday, the KRG health ministry recorded 1,031 new coronavirus-related cases, sixteen deaths and 973 recoveries.

There has have been spikes in the COVID-19 cases in the Region and Iraq following the emergence of new strains of the pathogen globally, especially the UK and South African variants.

The health officials have fostered the people to vaccinate against the COVID-19 from the available vaccine does of Sinopharm, Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca. 

Overall, there have been 149,140 officially-logged cases since the beginning of the outbreak in the Region. Out of that, 125,601 have recovered and 4,005 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 testing and not all patients and death are logged. 

(Zhyan English)