Iraq to maintain partial curfew after Eid-el-Fitr

The Iraqi Health Ministry said that it will maintain the partial curfew after the holiday of Eid-el-Fitr to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Ministry, further health preventive measures will be taken starting from next week.

“The health measures after Eid al-Fitr holiday … will include continuing the partial curfew, and the ministry will assess the epidemiological situation after the holiday to take measures appropriate to the health situation,” the health minister Hassan al-Tamimi said in a statement.

Al-Tamimi attributed the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases to the lack of abidance by some citizens to the health preventive measures and curfew instructions.

Iraq has recorded 4,469 COVID-19 cases, 2,738 recoveries and 160 deaths.

Since the outbreak of the disease, Iraq has been taking measures to contain the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, including a nationwide curfew.

On May 10, the Higher Committee for Health and National Safety, headed by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, decided to partially lift the curfew, while full curfew will continue for Friday and Saturday in addition to the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr in late May.