Iraq records 1,766 new coronavirus cases: ministry

An MSF nurse checking on a patient in COVID-19 centre at Al-Kindi Hospital in Baghdad. Iraq, February 2021. HASSAN KAMAL AL-DEEN/MSF

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Wednesday (October 13) it recorded 1,766 coronavirus infections and 35 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total 184 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 509 in Erbil, 450 in Sulaimani, 140 in Duhok, 80 in Kirkuk, 80 in Nineveh, 72 in Basra, 57 in Najaf, 46 in Saladin, 33 in Wasit, twenty-three in Dhi Qar, twenty-two in Diyala, twenty-one in Diwaniya, eighteen in Maysan, fifteen in Karbala, ten in Babil, five in Muthanna, and one in Anbar.

The ministry reported that 35 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 3,245 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 78,415 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours, including 2,619 people in Sulaimani, 3,235 in Erbil, and 1,898 in Duhok.

According to the ministry, 5,098,468 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 2,028,115 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,955,288 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 22,655 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)