Iraq records 1,846 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Patients recovered from COVID-19 donate plasma at the National Blood Transfusion Center in Baghdad, Iraq, June 28, 2020.

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Friday (October 22) it recorded 1,846 coronavirus infections and 26 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total 153 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 463 in Sulaimani, 318 in Duhok, 295 in Erbil, 138 in Nineveh, 92 in Najaf, 82 in Saladin, 61 in Basra, 58 in Kirkuk, 32 in Wasit, 29 in Diyala, 27 in Anbar, 25 in Diwaniya, twenty-four in Dhi Qar, twenty in Karbala, thirteen in Maysan, ten in Muthanna, and six in Babil.

The ministry reported that 26 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 2,669 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 71,537 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours, including 3,501 people in Erbil, 2,720 in Sulaimani, and 2,675 in Duhok.

According to the ministry, 5,511,216 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 2,043,396 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,982,232 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 22,901 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)