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Cases Spike in Iraq after Curfew Relaxed for Eid

Αssociated Press

Security forces deployed to impose a curfew to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus, during Eid al-Fitr holidays in Baghdad, Tuesday, May, 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Health Ministry has reported the country's highest single-day spike in confirmed coronavirus cases since late February, when the government began recording cases.

The ministry said at least 416 new cases were reported on Friday. The country had given Iraqis a week’s holiday to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Curfew hours had been relaxed during the month of fasting, which contributed to higher daily rates of infection.

According to ministry figures, more than 5,873 people have tested positive for the virus in Iraq. At least 185 people have died.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi ordered a return to full daylong curfews following the end of Ramadan.