Following the ban on Friday prayers in the city of Karbala, Iraqi authorities restricted access for non-residents to the neighboring holy city of Najaf – a home to holy Muslim Shiites sites. According to media reports, the closure of the holy city is active starting Wednesday. Najaf is also known as a major destination for Shiite pilgrims.
According to the nation’s health officials, Iraq has seen at least two coronavirus-related deaths. Both cases were registered earlier in the capital city of Baghdad.
While China accounts for most of the cases, authorities across the globe are making efforts on quarantine and measures to prevent the spread of the infection.
China’s Health Commission suggested that the Wuhan coronavirus would continue to spread throughout the world until at least June.