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Schools to reopen after Eid al-Fitr, says KRG

  2021-04-30  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Mask-clad students gather in the courtyard of their school in the northeastern city of Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan Region. Feb. 7, 2021. Photo by Shwan Mohammed / AFP)
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Committee to Combat Coronavirus  decided on on Friday (April 30) to reopen schools affiliate with the Ministry of Education after Eid al-Fitr following new evaluations of the state of the coronavirus pandemic in the Kurdistan Region.

The anri-COVID-19 task force also reiterated the imposition of a lockdown across the Region during the three-day eid likely starting at 12:00 pm on May 12 . 

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

Iraqi nationals are not permitted to travel to India through the Kurdistan Region and those who flied to India to the Region 20 should be separated, tested for COVID-19 and quarantines determined by the health teams.

The KRG Ministry of Endowment and Religious affairs is authorized to issue new necessary measures for the last tends days of Ramadan.

Clubhouses, cafeterias, restaurants and other recreational venues are not allowed to serve hookah and are fiend 5 million Iraqi dinars ($3,429) if they fail to adhere by the new instructions. 

The Kurdistan Region topped 150,000 coronavirus cases since the outbreak spread in early March last year. 867 new cases, 907 recoveries and eleven deaths were recorded over the past 24 hours. 

Overall, there have been 150,008 officially-logged cases since the beginning of the outbreak in the Region. Out of that, 126,508 have recovered and 4,165 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)