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    Iraq to bar pilgrims over COVID-19 fears
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    Sep 21, 2020 • Last Updated 1 hour ago • 1 minute read

    BAGHDAD — Iraq is to bar entry to religious pilgrims to the country, its government health committee said in a statement on Monday, just weeks ahead of a Shi’ite Muslim pilgrimage which is the largest annual religious gathering in the world.

    Arbaeen, due in early October, usually draws millions of people to the holy city of Kerbala.

    The virus is spreading in Iraq faster than most countries in the Middle East, as it records several thousand new cases every day. More than 8,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Iraq and more than 300,000 have been infected, according to the Health Ministry...


    Iraq reports 3,821 new COVID-19 cases, 322,856 in total: