BAGHDAD / BEIRUT

Despite drastic measures, more deaths and positive coronavirus cases were reported from two Arab states — Iraq and Lebanon — on Monday.

Iraq confirmed three more deaths from the virus, bringing the country’s total fatalities to 23, according to its Health Ministry.

A ministry statement said 33 people tested positive for the virus over the past 24 hours, taking the overall infections to 266.

As precautionary measures, most of Iraq’s provinces decided to close their borders, including Erbil and Sulaymaniyah, while others imposed a near-complete lockdown.

Last week, Baghdad shut down schools and universities for 10 days

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