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Iraq Goes into Weeklong Lockdown, Virus Cases Spike in Lebanon

Iraq Goes into Weeklong Lockdown, Virus Cases Spike in Lebanon

Saturday, 30 May, 2020 - 17:45
An Iraqi man sells coffee in the capital Baghdad's deserted al-Mutanabbi street. (AFP)
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Iraq announced on Saturday that it would impose a total lockdown starting Sunday following a spike in coronavirus cases.


Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi chaired a meeting for the higher health committee and parliamentary crisis cell that decided to impose a total nationwide lockdown starting May 31 until June 6.


It also ordered all people to wear face masks when leaving their homes.


Food stores will be allowed top open. They will be limited to receiving five people at a time. Violators will be forced to close. Restaurants will be limited to delivery services.


Pharmacies will remain open.


The health ministry reported 306 new infections, raising the total to 6,179. Ten fatalities were registered, taking the toll to 195. Sixty-six more people recovered from the disease, raising the count to 3,110.


Meanwhile, Lebanon’s virus cases continued to rise, with 19 reported on Saturday. The total now stands at 1,191.


Sixteen of the new infections were reported among residents and three among those who had returned from abroad.


Fatalities remained at 26, with Health Minister Hamad Hassan declaring that Lebanon has registered one of the lowest coronavirus death tolls in the world.


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