Iraq explained a 70-year-old Muslim cleric died on Wednesday in the book coronavirus, the initial death from the epidemic at a state where 31 people are infected.
The Iraqi preacher was quarantined from the northwestern town of Sulaimaniyah before his departure, a spokesman for the Kurdish autonomous region’s health authority stated.
According to local sources, he’d lately met with Iraqis coming from neighboring Iran, which has listed the deadliest outbreak outside China, the outbreak’s epicenter.
Iraq is among Iran’s biggest export markets and also a favorite destination for European pilgrims visiting the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala.
Most Iraqis also cross the frontier for business, tourism, medical care, and spiritual studies.
Iraqi authorities have shut land borders with Iran and prohibited the entry of foreign nationals traveling from there along with other badly affected nations.
Schools, cinemas, cafes and other public areas in Iraq have been ordered closed until March 7 to further include the outbreak, but many continue to function normally.
Responding to Wednesday’s passing, Sulaimaniyah Governor Haval Abu Bakr told colleagues that rallies in the state are going to be prohibited and all football matches will then be held behind closed doors.
Local spiritual authorities for their role declared a ban on bulk prayers, such as on Fridays, until further notice.
The epidemic has fuelled public anxiety among Iraqis who state the war-ravaged nation’s health care system cannot deal with the outbreak.
Many hospitals in Iraq are badly armed or in disrepair after consecutive waves of battle.