Sulaimani officials do not plan to reimpose coronavirus curfew, says governor

Opting not to follow Erbil’s example
General view of Sulaimani and Goizha Mountain (NRT Digital Media/Winthrop Rodgers)

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SULAIMANI — Despite being the hardest hit part of the Kurdistan Region, Sulaimani Governor Haval Abubakir said on Tuesday (June 30) that the governorate’s coronavirus operations room is not currently planning to reimpose a total curfew to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.

Abubakir told NRT Digital Media that the measures that have been taken so far have shown good results. On Tuesday night, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) health ministry reported that there had been 181 new cases in the governorate over the previous 24-hours.

On June 27, Sulaimani’s officials suspended operations at many government offices in the governorate until July 4. Vehicle traffic in the city’s main bazaar is currently restricted.

Erbil, which is also seeing a significant uptick in the number of coronavirus cases, reimposed a curfew on Monday, which lasts from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. daily.

Like many countries around the world, officials in the Kurdistan Region are struggling to balance the economic needs of residents with serious public health concerns. Shop owners in Sulaimani’s bazaar in particular have been active in opposing restrictions that would force them to close their businesses.

According to the KRG health ministry, there have been 6,144 cases of coronavirus in the Kurdistan Region. An official tally of 1,855 patients have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 207 have died from it.

Since the outbreak began on March 1, Sulaimani governorate has had 4,410 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection, with 3,401 active cases as of Tuesday night. A total of 181 people have died of COVID-19 in Sulaimani and 832 people have recovered.

(NRT Digital Media)