Iraq records 713 new coronavirus cases: ministry

medical staff at the quarantine ward at Al-Hakim Hospital in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq. (REUTERS)

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Thursday (December 2) it recorded 713 coronavirus infections and fifteen deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total 95 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 117 in Erbil, 115 in Duhok, 103 in Kirkuk, 78 in Anbar, 50 in Sulaimani, 44 in Nineveh, 43 in Saladin, fifteen in Diyala, twelve in Basra, nine in Najaf, seven in Diwaniya, six in Karbala, five in Muthanna, four in each Wasit and Dhi Qar, and three in each Maysan and Babil.

The ministry reported that fifteen patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 1,042 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 97,371 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan region over the past 24 hours, with 5,335 in Duhok, 3,003 in Erbil and 2,246 in Sulaimani.

According to the ministry, 7,599,844 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 2,082,774 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 2,047,266 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 23,859 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)