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COVID-19-hit electricity office shut after employees died, infected: official

  2021-05-02  | 
 Zhyan News Network
An electricity employee install smart meter in Chamchamal district, Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, April 27,2021. Photo by Sulaimani General Electricity Directorate
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – An office within the Sulaimani General Electricity Directorate will be closed for a week after one of its employees died of coronavirus and a number of other contracted the contagious disease, an official said on Sunday (May 2).

Head of Services and Energy Sale Department within the directorate Abdul Sheikh Qadr told Zhyan News Network that one of their employee died and twenty others have caught COVID-19.

Earlier on Sunday, the Sulaimani electricity directorate cautioned people not to visit the service and energy office for a week for the same purpose.

“The 30-year-old dead employee had no previous symptoms and he was exposed to have infected with coronavirus after testing,” he said. “Not all of our employees have been vaccinated but few of them,” Sheikh Qadr said. “ 

The official also said that work will would continue at other directorate’s offices. “The reason why this department will be closed is because a large number of people visit us, thus it will be shut for the sake of preventing the proliferation of the virus [coronavirus].”

Zhyan interviewed people who were affected by the decision and called on the directorate to reopen with protective health measures.  

There has been a contestant spike in COVID-19 cases on a daily basis in the Kurdistan Region. Even though, a number of people have administered the arrived vaccine doses.

On Sunday, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Heath logged 693 new COVID-19 cases, seventeen new deaths, and 931 recoveries in the past 24 hours

Overall, there have been 151,950 officially logged cases. 129,284 have recovered and 4,049 have died since the outset of the pandemic in the Kurdistan Region since early March 2020.

(Zhyan English)