Neuer Lockdown im Irak
Im Irak steigen die Corona-Zahlen wieder und die Regierung verhängt Ausgangssperren:
New lockdown measures came into effect in Iraq Friday as it recorded its highest new coronavirus caseload in 2021 -- double the daily figures from less than a week ago.
Earlier this week, health authorities announced new overnight curfews would begin on February 18th, from 8:00 pm until 5:00 am, as well as full lockdowns on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
On its first full lockdown day on Friday, Baghdad's main roads were clear of the usual traffic and security forces had set up new checkpoints to stop violators.
Pharmacies remained open and restaurants were allowed to provide delivery service only, but all other businesses were ordered shut.
On Thursday evening, AFP correspondents saw customers lining up outside pharmacies and supermarkets to buy face masks as the new measures included a fine of 25,000 Iraqi dinars ($17) for anyone not wearing one.
The sudden demand sent prices soaring from 2,500 IQD (less than $2) to 6,000 IQD for a box of 50 medical masks.
Iraq has been among the countries hardest-hit by coronavirus in the Middle East, with more than 660,000 reported cases and over 13,200 deaths.