Iraq records 889 new coronavirus cases: ministry

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Wednesday (December 1) it recorded 889 coronavirus infections and thirteen deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total 100 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 154 in Sulaimani, 153 in Duhok, 128 in Erbil, 86 in Nineveh, 83 in Kirkuk, 36 in Anbar, 30 in Najaf, 27 in Saladin, twenty-one in Diyala, nineteen in Basra, nineteen in Muthanna, twelve in Wasit, twelve in Diwaniya, four in Karbala, four in Babil, and one in Dhi Qar.

The ministry reported that twenty-four patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 1,203 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 108,570 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan region over the past 24 hours, with 6,908 in Erbil, 5,967 in Duhok and 3,432 in Sulaimani.

According to the ministry, 7,545,538 people have been vaccinated in Iraq, a country of more than 40 million, since the first shipment of vaccines arrived on February 28.

There have been 2,082,061 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 2,046,224 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 23,844 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)