Deputy PM of Iraq’s Kurdish region tests positive for Covid-19

( The National ) The deputy prime minister of Iraq’s northern self-ruled Kurdish region has tested positive for coronavirus, the latest senior Iraqi official to be infected since the pandemic outbreak in February last year.

“After having received the test, the results show that I’m infected with the coronavirus,” Qubad Talabani announced in a tweet published late on Monday.

And that, I have to distance myself and avoid interaction until I pass through it,” Mr Talabani added, calling for adherence to precautionary measures.

Last year, the pandemic claimed the lives of the governor of Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish region, as well as three members of the federal parliament.

Iraq has seen a decrease in daily new coronavirus infections and deaths during the past weeks. It has been registering less than 1,000 cases a day.

Late last year, daily cases hovered around 4,000 a day.

And that, I have to distance myself and avoid interaction until I pass through it,” Mr Talabani added, calling for adherence to precautionary measures.

Last year, the pandemic claimed the lives of the governor of Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish region, as well as three members of the federal parliament.

Iraq has seen a decrease in daily new coronavirus infections and deaths during the past weeks. It has been registering less than 1,000 cases a day.

Late last year, daily cases hovered around 4,000 a day.

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