Covid-19 in Iraq: Is the worst yet to come?

This policy outlook examines the measures taken by the Iraqi authorities to prevent the spread of coronavirus and the challenges that the country faces in dealing with the pandemic, especially following a recent uptick in reported cases.

Iraq confirmed its first case of Covid-19 on February 24, 2020. Most of the reported cases of the virus during the initial period were linked to Iran. In response, the government imposed curfews which were routinely extended. This policy outlook examines the measures taken by the Iraqi authorities to prevent the spread of coronavirus and the challenges that the country faces in dealing with the pandemic, especially following a recent uptick in reported cases. The paper also looks at the political developments in Iraq since the protest movement began last October and how Covid-19 has impacted politics in the country.​

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