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Iraqi president seeks state of emergency over coronavirus

Christian Fernsby |
Iraqi President Barham Salih and caretaker Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi called on parliament yesterday to declare a state of emergency in the country for 30 days in order to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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Topics: IRAQ    EMERGENCY    CORONAVIRUS   

"The President of the Republic and the Prime Minister sent a request to the Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed al-Halbousi, to declare a state of health emergency for 30 days, which can be extended in accordance with Article 61 of the constitution," the Iraqi presidency said in a statement.

Authorities said a 10th person had died from the virus Saturday while 26 individuals from the country’s 110 confirmed cases have recovered.

As a precautionary measure due to the coronavirus, several Iraqi governorates decided to close their borders, including Dhi-Qar, Babil, Maysan, Najaf, Basra, Diwaniyah, Kirkuk, Wasit, Nineveh and Karbala, in addition to Erbil and Sulaymaniyah, while some governorates decided to impose a curfew.


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