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Travel normalizes between Kurdistan Region, federal provinces

  2021-05-16  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A mask-clad gardener tends a garden near the Erbil Citadel in the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region (AFP)
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Kurdistan Region has lifted a travel ban with other Iraqi provinces on Sunday (May 16), the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Interior said.

“The Supreme Committee to combat Coronavirus decided to normalize traffic between the Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi provinces with adherence to the Ministry of Health’s protective measures,” the ministry said in a statement.

The decision will be put into effect immediately, read the statement. 

On March 1, the KRG announced a travel ban between the federal governorates on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

On April 28, the KRG decided to impose a total curfew during the three days of Eid al-Fitr, but it later authorized the provinces to ease the measures. 

The COVID-19 cases have been lately relatively dropping down in the Region. 

On Sunday, the KRG health ministry recorded 499 new coronavirus cases, seven deaths, and 787 recoveries over the past 24 hours. 

Overall, there have been 160,530 officially logged cases. 143,861 have recovered and 4,157 have died since the pandemic erupted in early March 2020. 

In-person education has also started.

(Zhyan English)