On Friday, Iraq counted 5,036 new cases of the new Corona virus, bringing the total number to 252,075 cases, including 7,359 deaths and 191,368 recoveries, according to the Ministry of Health.
The Ministry attributed this increase in injuries to “large gatherings” that took place recently without taking into account precautionary measures such as wearing masks or maintaining physical distancing, especially during the Ashura commemoration.
On August 30, thousands of Shiite pilgrims gathered in Karbala, Iraq, to commemorate Ashura, in one of the largest religious gatherings in the Islamic world since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
On the tenth of Muharram, the Shiite Muslims commemorate Ashura, the day of the killing of Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, in the Battle of Karbala in the year 680, in what was a decisive event for the sectarian division in Islam.
The Iraqi authorities had taken measures in the holy city to prevent the spread of the virus, including spraying disinfectant spray from long and thin hoses, distributing masks to visitors with uncovered faces, and measuring the temperatures of arrivals, but these measures are insufficient, according to the Ministry of Health.
The ministry said in a statement on Friday, “Despite the commitment of most of the Hussaini councils to the preventive measures that we emphasized in our previous statements, we have seen many large gatherings in many places, such as the streets, markets, restaurants, etc., without taking any of the measures recommended by our ministry, which is What caused this increase in the number of injuries? ”
She added that the number of injuries “is expected to continue to rise in the coming days, which we fear will lead to losing the control of our health institutions in dealing with these large numbers of injuries, and consequently an increase in the number of deaths after we have spent a good way in reducing them over the past few weeks.” .
And before the commemoration of Ashura, the World Health Organization had warned that the number of Covid-19 cases in Iraq was rising “at an alarming rate.” She said that Iraq, which has a health system that has been facing difficulties for years, must take measures to end the spread of disease in society “at any cost.”