An economist reveals the positives of lifting the curfew and reopening malls and airports

Corona News 2020/07/18 20:49 40    

Baghdad today – Baghdad

The economist, Hammam Al-Shamaa, on Saturday (July 18, 2020), presented what he described as the positives of lifting the comprehensive curfew after Eid Al-Adha and the reopening of malls and airports while committing to health protection from the Corona virus.

Al-Shamaa said, in an interview with (Baghdad Today), that “lifting the curfew and allowing movement between the provinces will revitalize tourism activities and restore part of the stalled economic wheel and have positive effects.”

He added, “The opening of airports may have a positive impact on the Iraqi economy, not tourism as much as it revives the activities of air companies, tourism and airport revenues,” noting that “the movement of international airports will have a positive impact on government returns.” 

Al-Shamaa pointed out that “the economic gains figures for Iraq cannot be estimated, but it will restore the movement of gross domestic product through internal trade, transport activities and economic restoration.”

The Iraqi government had issued a statement that included decisions of the Supreme Committee for Health and National Safety regarding the curfew and the reopening of malls and airports, which were published earlier, citing informed sources.

The committee said in the statement published by the official Iraqi government page on Facebook that it had decided to “reduce curfew hours to start from 9:30 pm until 6:00 am from Sunday, July 19, and to lift the curfew completely after the Eid al-Adha holiday.”

She added that she decided to allow the reopening of malls and shopping centers, provided that the measures for health protection and social separation are adhered to and that the airports of Iraq are reopened as of July 23.

The committee also confirmed that it had decided to allow the border crossings of Al-Mundhiriyah, Safwan and Al-Shaib to be reopened to commercial exchange

The Committee stressed the importance of adhering to strict preventive health measures and rules for social separation, and reaffirmed that the Coronavirus virus disease remains a serious public health threat, and urged all citizens to continue to follow formal health guidelines in order to preserve their and their families’ and society’s safety.


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