With the recent tally of coronavirus cases in the country reaching 233 affected and 20 dead, Iraq finally decided to impose a total lockdown. Part of the reason was that there could be more affected that have not yet been detected especially since only 2,000 people out of the 40 million population have so far been tested.
Before this, already 18 provinces in the country have imposed their own local curfew and with the recent announcement will now cover the entire country.
Schools and businesses will be closed along with the several airports in the country. Gathering places will also be carefully guarded as just this Saturday thousands of Shia pilgrims flocked to the city of Baghdad to commemorate the death of a revered Muslim imam, Musa al-Kadhim. There were also reports that Muqtada al-Sadr, an influential Shia cleric from Kufa continued to hold mass prayers there as well as in the densely populated city of Sadr.
The lockdown is said to hold until March 28.