The Iraqi Government has barred foreign arrivals from China over fears of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Iraq’s interior ministry announced on Sunday that the move is a preventive measure against the virus which broke out in China and has spread gradually to other nations.
In an online statement, the ministry said the step was “part of the protective measures taken by countries around the world to combat the new coronavirus, and out of a commitment to protect its citizens from its disastrous effects and negative consequences for public health and safety”.
Iraqi authorities said Friday they had not detected any coronavirus cases in Iraq or among Iraqi expatriates abroad.
Similar to the SARS pathogen, coronavirus emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan last year and has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization.
It has infected nearly 14,500 people across China and more than 100 in 20 other countries, including the United States. More than 300 people have died in China and on Sunday, the first foreign fatality was reported in the Philippines.