Iraqi President Barham Salih and caretaker Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi called on parliament Sunday to declare a state of emergency in the country for 30 days in order to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak. 

“The President of the Republic and the Prime Minister sent a request to the Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed al-Halbousi, to declare a state of health emergency for 30 days, which can be extended in accordance with Article 61 of the constitution,” the Iraqi presidency said in a statement.

Authorities said a 10th person had died from the virus Saturday while 26 individuals from the country’s

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