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01 Jun 2020 | 09:22 AM UTC

Iraq: Government imposes nationwide curfew until June 6 /update 32

Iraq News Alert

Government imposes nationwide curfew until June 6 to limit the spread of COVID-19; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/1/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/14/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Baghdad). COUNTRY/REGION Iraq

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Event

On Sunday, May 31, Iraqi authorities implemented several measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including a nationwide curfew until Saturday, June 6. Individuals are only permitted to travel for essential purposes. The new measures also include the mandatory wearing of face masks for all movements outside of homes, including in vehicles, a maximum occupancy of 50 percent in all forms of transportation, as well as the opening of all food shops and bakeries, provided no more than five people were allowed inside at a time. Baghdad province is reportedly considering an extension of these measures for a further seven days.  

Meanwhile, the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) announced an extension to the nationwide commercial flight ban on Saturday, May 30, with flights suspended until Sunday, June 7, at the earliest.

As of Monday, June 1, there have been 6439 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iraq, with 205 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed.

Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus. Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) labeled the outbreak as a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the virus.

 

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