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25 Jul 2020 | 06:56 PM UTC

Iraq: Authorities report highest daily increase of COVID-19 cases on July 25 /update 43

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Iraqi authorities report highest daily increase of COVID-19 cases on July 25; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/25/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/1/2020, 11:00 PM (Asia/Baghdad). COUNTRY/REGION Iraq

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Event

On Saturday, July 25, Iraqi authorities reported that 2862 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases had been identified in the preceding 24-hours, the highest daily increase in cases since the outbreak began. Additionally, 72 patients died of the disease during the 24-hour time period. The increase in cases brings Iraq's total number of COVID-19 cases to 107,573, with 4284 associated fatalities.

A 21:30 to 06:00 (local time) curfew remains in effect in Iraq, with the curfew scheduled to be lifted following the Eid Al-Adha holiday, which ends on August 3. Cafes and restaurants are open for takeaway service. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in public spaces.

Airports reopened for limited international commercial flights on Thursday, July 23, with flights resuming to Beirut and Cairo from Baghdad. Further airports are to reopen in the near future, with the airports of Erbil and Sulaymaniyah in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) area set to reopen on Saturday, August 1.

Further spread of the disease is to be 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). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

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 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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