PM Barzani Chairs Meeting on Response to COVID-19
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PM Barzani Chairs Meeting on Response to COVID-19

ERBIL - Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Monday chaired a meeting held via video conference for talks on his cabinet's response to the pandemic, a statement confirmed.

During the meeting, also attended by Deputy PM Qubad Talabani, the members of the ministerial committee reviewed the state of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the public health guidelines, Barzani's office said in a press release.

"Prime Minister Barzani spoke about the dangers of further spread of the virus, adding that the health measures are designed to protect the public," the statement added.

Health Minister Saman Barzinji briefed the officials on the latest updates about the number of coronavirus infections, deaths and recoveries, arguing that "non-compliance with the public guidelines as the main reason behind the recent surge in the number of infections."

The Ministers of Interior, Transportation and Communication, and the Head of Foreign Relations Department also reported on the extent of compliance.

The committee further made a few decisions, according to the statement.

The decisions were as follows:

1. The Ministries of Health and Interior to continue updating health and safety guidelines. Masks, gloves, and restrictions on group gatherings in public places and government offices to be mandatory.

2. Travel ban between cities and provinces to continue. Most public places will remain closed.

4. The Ministry of Culture and Department of Media and Information tasked with providing information to the public in cooperation with the media outlets.