Iraq will reopen borders for trade, bring back sports and food


Iraq reopened its land borders, restaurants, hotels and brought back sporting events without spectators on Monday, the prime minister said Monday, adding that it had recorded the highest daily increase in corona virus infections. 

Iraq will reopen borders for trade, bring back sports and food


Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said in a statement that the land crossing would be open for trade only to meet the needs of the local market. He added that restaurants and five-star hotels should follow public health guidelines.

He said that sports events would resume from September 12. Government agencies can now re-employ 50% of their employees.

The Ministry of Health said that the number of coronavirus infections in Iraq on Friday was the highest daily increase in 5,036 cases as Iraqis continue to enforce lockdown laws.

The Ministry of Health said that 4,314 new cases were recorded’ on Monday, with 77 deaths, bringing the total number of cases to 264,684 and the total deaths to 7,589.

Kadhimi said the Election Commission would be allowed’ to open voter registration centers and its employees would be exempted’ from the curfew.

The prime minister took over as the third head of government in a 10-week period of chaos in May, after months of unrest in a country fed up with Islamist militants, corruption and economic collapse.

He was appointed’ head of the government responsible for holding early elections, a key demand of anti-government protesters who staged large-scale demonstrations last month, and called a meeting in June. What was, demanded?


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