Portuguese / Spanish / English

Middle East Near You

Iraqi panel warns of 'famine' over coronavirus curfew

A security force controls the documents of a citizen at a checkpoint after the curfew was declared as part of precautions against the coronavirus (COVID-19), in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq on 23 March 2020. [Fariq Faraj Mahmood - Anadolu Agency]
A security force controls the documents of a citizen at a checkpoint after the curfew was declared as part of precautions against the coronavirus (COVID-19), in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq on 23 March 2020 [Fariq Faraj Mahmood/Anadolu Agency]

An Iraqi parliamentary committee on Saturday warned of a “famine” in the country over curfews imposed in several provinces as part of the fight against coronavirus, Anadolu reports.

In a statement, Arshad al-Salhi, head of the Human Rights Committee, said Iraqis are left with insufficient daily sustenance due to the absence of salaries.

“The government is required to draft a strategy to immediately distribute foodstuffs immediately, otherwise we will be heading to a famine,” he warned.

The Iraqi authorities have extended the curfew till April 11, as a measure to curb the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

READ: Iraq blocks 25 Iranian trucks from entering the country illegally 

An Iraqi officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said military and security forces closed five marketplaces in Baghdad on Saturday.

Iraq has confirmed 42 people had died from the virus and 506 infections.

After first appearing in Wuhan, China, last December, the novel coronavirus has spread to at least 177 countries and territories.

The data shows over 614,800 cases have been reported worldwide since last December, with the death toll above 28,600 and over 135,600 recoveries.

Categories
CoronavirusIraqMiddle EastNews
Show Comments
Show Comments