Iraq Announces 10-Day Lockdown Amid Virus Surge
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Iraq Announces 10-Day Lockdown Amid Virus Surge

ERBIL - In response to a dramatic increase in the coronavirus cases in the country, Iraq on Tuesday announced a 10-day lockdown in all its provinces, a statement confirmed.

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi's office said in a statement that the Council of Ministers had approved a lockdown to be effective for 10 days in efforts to better deal with the pandemic situation in the country.

According to the statement, public parks, gyms, restaurants, cinemas, swimming pools, venues, and malls will be closed during the lockdown which will go onto effect on May 12.

The statement added that no gatherings will be allowed either.

Iraqi Health Ministry on Tuesday announced 6,143 new infections of COVID-19 with 42 fatalities related to the novel virus. The new reports raised the tally to 1,086,141 and the death toll to 15,608.