Workers Disinfect House of Kirkuk Family Infected With Coronavirus

Officials in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Wednesday, February 26, sprayed disinfectant around the house of a family of four that the health ministry, in a statement on Tuesday, said had contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The ministry also confirmed on Thursday that a man who returned from Iran to Baghdad had been diagnosed with the virus. An Iranian student in Najaf was confirmed on Tuesday to have been infected, the ministry said.

The Iraqi government closed down public spaces, including cinemas and cafes, on Thursday, with plans to maintain closures until March 7 at the earliest. Credit: Salam al-Dolaimi via Storyful