Iraq records 4,306 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Iraqi medical staff check passengers' temperature, amid coronavirus outbreak, upon their arrival from Iran, at Najaf airport in Iraq March 5, 2020. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Wednesday (February 24) it recorded 4,306 new coronavirus infections and thirteen deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total, 1,424 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 808 in Basra, 519 in Najaf, 340 in Karbala, 202 in Wasit, 202 in Dhi Qar, 184 in Babil, 160 in Diwanaiya, 77 in Erbil, 71 in Duhok, 64 in Maysan, 60 in Diyala, 53 in Kirkuk, 51 in Saladin, 34 in Muthanna, 28 in Sulaimani, 25 in Nineveh, and four in Anbar.

It did not say how many were from the new variants that are beginning to circulate in the population.

The ministry reported that thirteen patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 2,110 others recovered from it.

According to the health ministry, there have been 680,288 cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the disease first appeared in the country last year. At least 625,447 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 13,324 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)