Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq imposes partial lockdown amid rising virus instances

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The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq has instituted a partial lockdown to fight the continued unfold of COVID-19. 

A ban on motion can be in impact from 8 p.m. to six a.m. starting Thursday till Tuesday. Diplomats, worldwide army personnel, humanitarian organizations and journalists are exempt from the restrictions, the KRG stated in a assertion Wednesday.

The autonomous Kurdistan Region is experiencing a comparatively excessive variety of every day COVID-19 instances. The area registered greater than 1,200 new infections Wednesday. The highest ever in a single day was greater than 1,600 instances Oct. 27, in accordance with KRG statistics

The KRG has sought to mitigate the unfold by reimposing closures. Last week, it ordered gyms, swimming pools and faculties closed, and required eating places to shut at 9 p.m., amongst different measures. On Tuesday, the KRG restricted travel to and from Iraqi provinces managed by the federal authorities. 

The relative outbreak coincides with rising instances in federal Iraqi territory and neighboring Iran

The Kurdistan Region has begun vaccinating well being employees, however its roughly 50,000 doses are nowhere near sufficient to vaccinate its greater than 6 million inhabitants. KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani stated Wednesday that “more are on the way”  and inspired individuals to register for the vaccine and to abide by well being pointers within the meantime.