Masks and Information Leaflets on Coronavirus Distributed to Kirkuk Drivers

Police and volunteers passed drivers face masks and information leaflets on Thursday, February 27, to help protect against the coronavirus in Kirkuk, Iraq, where on Tuesday the country’s health ministry said a family of four had contracted the virus.

The ministry also said on Tuesday that an Iranian student in Najaf was diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and on Thursday confirmed that a man who returned from Iran to Baghdad had been diagnosed with the illness.

The government closed down public spaces, including cinemas and cafes, on Thursday, with plans to maintain closures until at least March 7.

In this video, people wearing masks, including some in police uniform, can be seen stopping cars in Kirkuk to distribute masks and information leaflets. Credit: Salam al-Dolaimi via Storyful