Iraqi workers wear protective face masks following the coronavirus break out, as they sewing masks at a fabric factory in Babylon, Iraq February 27,2020 REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq reported the very first case of coronavirus in the capital Baghdad on Thursday, its 6th in total.
A guy contracted the virus after a trip to Iran, the health ministry said in a statement. He remained in “good health” in a Baghdad medical facility, it included.
Iraq on Wednesday banned public gatherings and barred entry by travelers from Kuwait and Bahrain due to the fact that of the spread of the brand-new coronavirus, forbiding travel to or from a total of 9 nations.
Iraq is concerned about the spread of the coronavirus from neighboring Iran, one of the worst-hit countries outside China where the infection came from late in 2015.
Iraq has cultural and spiritual ties with Iran and every year receives countless Iranian pilgrims.
An Iraqi household of 4 who returned from Iran checked favorable for the coronavirus in Kirkuk province on Tuesday. They were the very first Iraqis understood to have captured the illness, a day after an Iranian student in Najaf ended up being Iraq’s very first validated case. He was later transferred to Iran.
Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein; Composing by John Davison; Modifying by Kim Coghill and Stephen Coates