Public holiday in Kurdistan Region extended until April 16

<p style="text-align: left;">The Kurdistan Regional Government&amp;rsquo;s (KRG) spokesperson said on Saturday night, March 28, that the government has decided to extend a public holiday designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus until April 16.

The KRG&rsquo;s security forces and health ministry will continue to work to enforce public health orders and care for those who fall ill, Spokesperson Jotiar Adil said in a statement.

Earlier, Sulaimani&rsquo;s health director had recommended the holiday to be extended.

&ldquo;Curfew and quarantine procedures have saved thousands people&rsquo;s lives from coronavirus,&rdquo; KRG health minister Saman Barzinji said.

Meanwhile, the Crisis Cell in Kirkuk announced that the curfew imposed on Kirkuk will also be extended until April 11 in accordance with directives from the federal government, NRT reported.

A curfew order has been implemented from March 14 in Kurdistan Region and has been extended several times. It is currently expected to expire on April 1.

At the point that the announcement was made, 122 people had tested positive for coronavirus in Kurdistan Region, according to the KRG's Ministry of Health. A total of 53 patients have recovered and two have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

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