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Iraq: Sirens sound in Baghdad in solidarity with coronavirus victims02:22

Iraq: Sirens sound in Baghdad in solidarity with coronavirus victims

Iraq, Baghdad
April 08, 2020 at 07:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

Sirens sounded and the Iraqi national anthem was played in Baghdad and across the country on Tuesday, in solidarity with coronavirus victims and in honour of healthcare workers and security forces.

Footage shows mask-wearing medics, security services members and officials gathering at a square in the capital as sirens ring out in the background.

"This initiative is very important to raise the morale of associates in the health and security forces who watch over the security of citizens," said Gasib al-Hajami, the director of Al-Karkh Health Directorate in Baghdad.

"We are now in a fierce war with coronavirus, an invisible enemy that attacks everywhere and at any time," he added.

According to Johns Hopkins University, over 1,122 cases of the novel coronavirus and 65 related deaths have been registered in Iraq.

Iraq: Sirens sound in Baghdad in solidarity with coronavirus victims02:22
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Sirens sounded and the Iraqi national anthem was played in Baghdad and across the country on Tuesday, in solidarity with coronavirus victims and in honour of healthcare workers and security forces.

Footage shows mask-wearing medics, security services members and officials gathering at a square in the capital as sirens ring out in the background.

"This initiative is very important to raise the morale of associates in the health and security forces who watch over the security of citizens," said Gasib al-Hajami, the director of Al-Karkh Health Directorate in Baghdad.

"We are now in a fierce war with coronavirus, an invisible enemy that attacks everywhere and at any time," he added.

According to Johns Hopkins University, over 1,122 cases of the novel coronavirus and 65 related deaths have been registered in Iraq.

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