March 15, 2020 / 6:20 PM / in 16 days

Iraqi government imposes curfew in Baghdad over coronavirus concerns

A worker in a protective suit sprays disinfectants near Imam Abbas shrine as a precaution against the coronavirus, following the outbreak, in the holy city of Kerbala, Iraq March 15, 2020.REUTERS/Abdullah Dhiaa Al-deen

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iraqi government has imposed a curfew in the capital Baghdad as of March 17 until March 24 to prevent coronavirus from spreading, the state news agency said on Sunday.

At least 124 cases have been confirmed so far in Iraq, the Health Ministry said on Sunday, and 10 people have died.

Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Editing by Jan Harvey

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