Iraqi MP: Pilgrims might introduce coronavirus to Nineveh Plains

BAGHDAD – Iraqi Member of Parliament Sherwan al-Dobardani (KDP) stated to Shafaq News Agency that great pressure is being put on regional security forces to allow pilgrims from commemorating Imam Musa al-Kadhim to enter the areas of Tal Afar and Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq.

Al-Dobardani called for preventing the visitors from entering the region, fearing that they might transmit the novel coronavirus COVID-19 to the area’s residents.

Thousands of Shia pilgrims from around Iraq commemorated Imam Musa al-Kadhim, ignoring the recommendations of the Crisis Cell which has called for a curfew and the banning of public and private gatherings to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19.

The Director General of Baghdad Health Department / Rusafa Abdul-Ghani Saadoun al-Saadi announced the recording of five cases of COVID-19 infection among the pilgrims.

The number of known COVID-19 infection cases in Iraq jumped to 233, 20 of those cases resulted in death.