Iraq bans entry of travelers from 7 countries over coronavirus spread - health ministry


Posted at Feb 25 2020 04:41 PM

A member of the medical team sprays disinfectant to sanitize the area near a religious school where the first coronavirus case was detected following the outbreak of the new coronavirus in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq, February 24, 2020. Alaa al-Marjani, Reuters

Iraq indefinitely extended an entry ban on travelers from China and Iran and instituted similar bans on travelers from Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Italy and Singapore, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

The entry ban is for travelers coming directly or indirectly from those counties but exempts Iraqi nationals, diplomats and official delegations, the ministry said in a statement. It advised Iraqis not to travel to those countries.

Schools and universities are suspended for 10 days in Najaf, where the first case of coronavirus was reported on Monday, and citizens are urged to avoid travelling to and from the province.