Iraq Extends Nationwide Curfew Until April 11
Umer Jamshaid 7 days ago Thu 26th March 2020 | 04:05 PM
The Iraqi government said Thursday that it will extend a countrywide lockdown it imposed in response to the coronavirus pandemic until April 11
Baghdad, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 26th Mar, 2020 ) :The Iraqi government said Thursday that it will extend a countrywide lockdown it imposed in response to the coronavirus pandemic until April 11.
Schools, universities, shopping centres and other large gathering places will remain closed, as will the country's international airports.
A spike in cases could overwhelm the country's dilapidated health system, ravaged by years of conflict and underinvestment.
The Islamic republic is one of the world's worst-hit countries, with more than 27,000 confirmed infections and more than 2,000 deaths.
Iraq has since ramped up its measures against the virus, with individual provinces imposing curfews before the government last week announced a countrywide lockdown.
Authorities have struggled to enforce previous curfews.
Last Saturday, tens of thousands of Shiite pilgrims turned out in Baghdad and cities across the south to commemorate the death of a revered imam.