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Situation update 

Keep watching this page for updates on the current situation in the Kurdistan Region. For information on what the coronavirus is and how to protect yourself against it, see Coronavirus: What you should know.

 

Situation summary 

The global spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a rapidly evolving situation. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) measures for continuous observation are in place, and dedicated facilities have been set up to handle and contain any cases should they arise, please contact the Ministry of Health’s hotline number when you see the symptoms in any person. Only the Ministry of Health or the World Health Organization is qualified to confirm any case of COVID-19.

 

Cases in the Kurdistan Region

The Ministry of Health is closely monitoring for any cases of COVID-19.

(Updated 15:00, 19 July 2022)

COVID-19: Kurdistan Region at a Glance*

Total confirmed cases: 454,849

Total recovered: 437,593

Total deaths: 7,456

Total active cases: 9,800

*Data include confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported by the Ministry of Health (MOH) since 1 March 2020.

COVID–19: Potential cases tested in the Kurdistan Region*

Potential cases tested

Total potential cases tested

4,366,092

Test Results

Positive cases

454,849

Negative cases

3,911,243

Under testing cases

0

Total confirmed cases

454,849

* This table shows the number of potential cases tested and the number of cases confirmed in the Kurdistan Region, via the Ministry of Health surveillance systems.

What the KRG is doing

To protect the people of the Kurdistan Region against the spread of the coronavirus, the government and related ministries are taking the following steps:

Awareness campaign
  • The KRG will ensure citizens are receiving the latest information and daily updates from relevant
    government agencies with the help of media outlets.
  • All citizens (vaccinated or unvaccinated) must wear a face covering or mask and maintain a distance of 1.5
    meter from others in all public spaces such as government offices, malls, restaurants, stores, and private
    businesses.
  • Access to public spaces such as government offices, stores, or businesses will not be granted without
    proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result taken within the last 48 hours.
  • People are encouraged to keep up with recommended vaccine doses by registering through the online
    vaccine system, especially those most vulnerable, including the elderly and immunocompromised.
  • For meetings and events, participants must present proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result taken
    within the last 48 hours.
Social Media
  • Individuals or groups undermining coronavirus protection procedures or spreading disinformation via
    social media or media outlets will be subjected to legal measures through the Attorney General.
  • Strengthening the KRG’s public health awareness campaign, particularly through all media channels
    according to the 2019 Trade Organization Rule No. 4. All relevant authorities in the government, private
    sector, and public figures should participate in the campaign and abide by public health rules.
  • The high committee asks media outlets to participate in raising awareness through the sharing of
    information distributed by the Department of Media and Information.
Private Sector Establishments

Private sector employees and workers are not allowed to go to work if they are unvaccinated and municipal
committees are expected to enforce vaccination rules.

Official institutions of the Kurdistan Region

Government offices will continue to implement public health measures and these rules will be monitored and
enforced by the relevant ministers according to statement No.52, rule 7 of 2020. Governors and the
supervisors of independent administrations will be given authority to act against directors and employees
who are neglecting these responsibilities.