BAGHDAD (KUNA) — Iraqi Ministerial Committee in charge of confronting the new coronavirus, COVID-19, decided on Wednesday, to close schools and universities and to prevent Iraqis from traveling to several countries, among them the State of Kuwait.
Iraqi health officials and Civil Defense staff wearing protective suits spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus in the closed shops, and hotels used by Iranian citizens in Najaf, Iraq, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The fallout of the fast-spreading virus has paralyzed religious tourism in the city of Najaf, 97 miles south of Baghdad. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil) In a statement, the committee said that it has decided to prevent the travel of Iraqis to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Italy, Kuwait and Bahrain, with the exception of official and foreign delegations and diplomatic missions.
The committee also decided to ban the entry of visitors from Kuwait and Bahrain until further notice, after it had previously prevented entry of visitors from the seven remaining countries on the list.
The committee also decided to shut down educational institutions and universities, starting tomorrow, Thursday, until the seventh of next March.
The committee banned gatherings in public places, calling on concerned authorities to take the necessary measures to implement these decisions.
Earlier, Iraq announced the confirmation of five cases of COVID-19, the first of which belonged to an Iranian student who was in Najaf Province.