On Monday, the Iraqi Health Ministry reported 1,749 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 47,151.
The ministry also confirmed 83 more deaths, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 1,839 in the country.
“A total of 22,974 patients have recovered from the disease,” the ministry noted.
On his part, the head of the Iraqi Medical Association, Abdul-Amir al-Shimmary, called on Sunday for imposing full curfew to contain the continuing increase of daily infections with coronavirus.
“As a result of the increase in coronavirus infections, it became very necessary to impose a full curfew with strict health measures for a period of no less than three weeks to reduce the number of infections,” al-Shimmary said in a statement.
“Otherwise, we must accept huge loss of life, as well as the possibility of the collapse in health system and the subsequent chaos,” al-Shimmary warned.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, Iraq has been taking measures to contain the pandemic.
On June 13, the Iraqi authorities decided to partially lift the nationwide curfew, but the full curfew will continue on Thursday, Friday and Saturday every week.
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Ryadh Abdul-Amir, head of the Public Health Department, said in a statement that the ministry is working on a plan to increase the capacity of testing to detect more infected cases.
“The Health Ministry managed to increase the daily test capacity from about 1,000 to 13,000 as the ministry has established more than 20 labs in Baghdad and other provinces,” Abdul-Amir said.
Several Arab countries have tightened restrictions on movement, and travel with the aim of curbing the spread of the virus.
Trillions of dollars have been pledged in economic stimulus packages around the world to reduce the economic repercussions of the crisis.
Globally, it is worth mentioning that, more cases of the virus, which causes respiratory disease coronavirus, continue to emerge, with outbreaks in South Korea, Italy, and Iran.
People across the globe partake in self-isolation for 14 days as an effective precautionary measure to protect those around them and themselves from contracting COVID-19.
Transmission of virus between humans happens when someone comes into contact with an infected person’s secretions, such as droplets in a cough.
It can also be transmitted by coming into contact with something an infected person has touched and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.