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Iraq: Schools close across country as coronavirus looms

Iraq, Baghdad
February 27, 2020 at 18:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Ministry of Education in Iraq has made the decision this Thursday to shut down all educational and governmental institutions as a preventative measure against the coronavirus, after the first confirmed case in the Najaf governate district.

Four other cases have also been found after several members of a family tested positive in Kirkuk.

"These measures were taken by a special crisis management team, closely watching and conducting awarness-raising sessions," said a spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, headed by Suha Khalil. The spokesperson added that the government was closely following World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, and that many public spaces, including cafes and cinemas, would remain shuttered.

The Iraqi Red Crescent is contributing to raising awareness about the virus, and a worker for the organisation said that they will remain present to "provide assistance."

The virus has been rapidly spreading throughout the Middle East, well beyond its epicentre of China, with nearby Iran suffering 245 cases and at least 26 deaths.

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The Ministry of Education in Iraq has made the decision this Thursday to shut down all educational and governmental institutions as a preventative measure against the coronavirus, after the first confirmed case in the Najaf governate district.

Four other cases have also been found after several members of a family tested positive in Kirkuk.

"These measures were taken by a special crisis management team, closely watching and conducting awarness-raising sessions," said a spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, headed by Suha Khalil. The spokesperson added that the government was closely following World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, and that many public spaces, including cafes and cinemas, would remain shuttered.

The Iraqi Red Crescent is contributing to raising awareness about the virus, and a worker for the organisation said that they will remain present to "provide assistance."

The virus has been rapidly spreading throughout the Middle East, well beyond its epicentre of China, with nearby Iran suffering 245 cases and at least 26 deaths.

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