BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials said Saturday that they were closing government offices that are usually open to the public as the number of coronavirus cases in the crisis-hit country rose again.

The interior ministry announced that visa and traffic departments would close their doors for a week, which is likely to put a temporary halt on the processing of much-needed documents, including residency papers and visas.

Thirteen people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in Iraq in the span of five days. The health ministry said Saturday that all of the individuals had recently traveled to Iran. There have been no deaths.

Millions of Iranians visit Iraq every year, and the Baghdad government has closed the border with its neighbor.

Iraq’s interior ministry called for security forces to help implement a decree ordering the shuttering of cafes, parks and cinemas, after many citizens ignored it and continued to visit them.

Source: The Washington Post

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