Kurdistan Region President urges prevention, calls on international community to help tackle coronavirus

President Nechirvan Barzani on Wednesday praised the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) efforts against the coronavirus and called on the international community to aid the autonomous region in controlling the spread of the disease.

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – President Nechirvan Barzani on Wednesday praised the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) efforts against the coronavirus and called on the international community to aid the autonomous region in controlling the spread of the disease. 

President Barzani extended his gratitude in a statement toward the efforts of the related ministries, doctors, medical teams, and the health and security sector in the region for their work against the virus.

“Today, the whole world faces the threat of coronavirus, and preventing the spread of the virus has become a priority for all countries and international organizations,” Barzani stated as he emphasized abiding by the regulations the KRG and World Health Organization (WHO) has set out to avoid infection, and prevent the virus from turning into an outbreak.

“It has been proven that prevention is the best weapon to combat [the coronavirus] and to reduce the virus’ fatality and its consequences,” President Barzani added.

He also called on the “international community and related international organizations to aid the Kurdistan Region against the coronavirus.”

With 19 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Kurdistan Region, the KRG has intensified its efforts in preventive measures. As of March 14, all movement between the Kurdistan Region’s governorates and cities and the rest of Iraqi cities has been stopped, and trade and commercial movement through its border-crossing with Iran has been limited.

The Kurdistan Region has also set March 16 as the deadline for the return of its citizens from Iran. No one will be permitted to travel back to the country until further notice.

Furthermore, tourist destinations have been closed, particularly stopping Cham Wings airline trips from and to Syria, allowing only two trips for Syrian citizens to return.

Editing by Karzan Sulaivany