Iraq tightens sanctions amid rising cases of Omicron

Digital Desk, Baghdad. Amid the global spread of Omicron COVID-19, Iraqi authorities have decided to impose health restrictions on incoming travelers and all domestic institutions.

According to a statement from Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s media office, the High Committee for Health and National Security decided that all Iraqi and foreign travelers entering the country must present a COVID-19 vaccination card to prove That the holder has been fully vaccinated and a negative nucleic acid test result will come within 72 hours.

All Iraqi government and non-governmental institutions should follow the vaccination process of their employees and prevent any citizen arriving without a vaccination card from entering their facilities, Xinhua news agency quoted the statement as saying.

Iraq reported its first case of an Omicron variant on 6 January. According to the Health Ministry, 2,102,555 cases and 24,225 deaths have been reported in the country so far. Meanwhile, 8,770,184 people have been vaccinated.

(IANS)

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