The office of senior Iraqi Islamic cleric Ayatollah Seyed Ali al-Sistani in a statement urged people to take health recommendation seriously to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The statement referred to a new surge in coronavirus infections in Iraq and said taking precautionary measures like maintaining social distancing, wearing face masks and refusing to shake hands is necessary, al-Sumaria TV reported.
It warned that failing to observe the health protocols could result in a growing number of COVID-19 cases.
The statement underlined that it is the duty of all citizens and officials to make efforts to prevent further spread of the disease.
It also lauded the medical staff and nurses in the country for their efforts and the difficulties they are going through to help the victims.
The novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, has infected more than 6.8 million people and killed nearly 400,000 worldwide.
The number of confirmed cases in Iraq is 9,864 and 285 people have died from the disease in the country so far.