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24 Jun 2020 | 05:13 PM UTC

Iraq: Provinces introduce comprehensive curfews on June 23 /update 35

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Iraqi authorities introduce 24-hour comprehensive curfew in multiple provinces on June 23; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/24/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/1/2020, 11:00 PM (Asia/Baghdad). COUNTRY/REGION Iraq

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On Tuesday, June 23, authorities in multiple Iraqi provinces introduced a comprehensive curfew and closed their borders in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The provinces affected are Karbala, Qadisiyah, Babel, Dhi Qar, Maysan, Basra, Nineveh, and Anbar; the new measures will remain in effect for seven days. The 18:00 to 05:00 (local time) curfew remains in place in Iraq's remaining provinces. The decision comes following consistently high rates of COVID-19 infections. On Wednesday, June 24, Iraqi authorities reported the highest daily increase in cases, with 2200 new cases and 79 associated fatalities reported in 24 hours. This brings the total cases to 34,502, with 1251 deaths.

The wearing of face masks for all movements outside of homes remains mandatory, including in vehicles. A maximum occupancy of 50 percent in all forms of transportation also remains in place. Food shops and bakeries are also permitted to open, provided no more than five people are inside at any one time.

Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.


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) declared the global outbreak 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.


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 COVID-19 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 disease.


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