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30 avr. 2020 | 09h43 UTC

Iraq: Authorities extend nationwide curfew hours April 28 /update 26

Iraq Alerte de sécurité

Iraqi authorities extend nationwide curfew hours on April 28; follow authority directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 30/4/2020, 12h00 until 29/5/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Baghdad). COUNTRY/REGION Iraq

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The Higher Committee for Health and National Safety announced on Tuesday, April 28, that the ongoing nationwide coronavirus disease (COVID-19) curfew hours will be extended following lack of compliance. Effective immediately, curfew hours are from Sunday through Thursday, at 18:00 to 06:00 (local time), while on Friday and Saturday a 24-hour curfew will remain in place. Authorities also announced new fines for those who do not respect the measures. Drivers of public transportation vehicles carrying more than 3 passengers and/or where passengers do not wear face masks will be subject to a 50,000 dinar (USD 42) fine. Individuals who fail to wear face masks in public will be fined 10,000 dinars (USD 8). Finally, shop owners that allow more than one customer per every five square meters of space in stores are subject to a 100,000 dinar (USD 84) fine.

The announcement comes as a step back from an easing of lockdown measures during Ramadan. Mosques, shopping malls, and parks will remain closed during the partial lifting of the lockdown. The ongoing nationwide curfew was initially implemented on Tuesday, March 17.

As of Thursday, April 30, officials have announced 2003 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 92 associated deaths nationwide. Further international spread of COVID-19 is to be expected over 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) 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.


Individuals in Dhi Qar province and throughout Iraq are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests, anticipate a heightened security presence near demonstration sites, budget ample travel time if traveling near protest sites, and obey instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

The security environment in Iraq remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas with proper security protocols in place, other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.

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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