Iraq: Lockdown imposed in Baghdad for Eid al-Adha holidays amid surge in COVID cases

Baghdad's streets were nearly deserted on Thursday, as a lockdown came into force on the eve of Eid al-Adha holidays in Iraq, amid a rising number of coronavirus cases. Traffic was sparse and shops were closed in the Iraqi capital, as a total lockdown, which is set to last until August 9, was imposed. Reports indicate that the government called on Iraqi citizens to fully adhere to preventive measures and avoid social gatherings including religious meetings during the Muslim holiday. Iraq has recorded more than 121,000 COVID-19 cases and at least 4,671 coronavirus-related deaths since the beginning of the epidemic, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Eid al-Adha marks the end of the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca and is the second of two globally celebrated holidays in Islam, the other being Eid Al-Fitr. ​
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