Iraq confirms two more coronavirus deaths, raising total to six

Medical staff in protective gear look at a screen while checking temperatures of passengers upon their arrival, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, at Najaf airport, in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq. (Reuters)

Iraq confirmed on Sunday two further deaths due to the coronavirus, taking the total number to six, the state news agency reported citing the health ministry. The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases climbed to 54 so far, according to health officials.

On Saturday Iraq’s health ministry confirmed eight new coronavirus cases. The ministry said seven of the new cases were detected in the capital Baghdad, and the eighth in Najaf.

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On Friday, Iraq banned entry to travelers coming from France and Spain, bringing the total number of countries on its entry ban list to 11. The country’s health minister also announced on Friday that Iraq  would halt border trade with Iran and Kuwait between March 8 and 15 to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Sea- and air-borne trade will continue as long as personnel and goods involved have the necessary paperwork from their originating countries to show that they are free from the disease. Schools and other educational institutions remain closed until March 21.

(With Reuters)

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