Iraq records 3,543 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Civil defense team members spray disinfectant to sanitize the surroundings of the Kufa mosque following an outbreak of the coronavirus in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq, Feb. 27, 2020. Photo by REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani.

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Saturday (February 27) it recorded 3,543 new coronavirus infections and eighteen deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total, 1,265 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 657 in Basra, 424 in Najaf, 212 in Wasit, 205 in Karbala, 172 in Babil, 164 in Dhi Qar, 130 in Diwaniya, 69 in Diyala, 60 in Muthanna, 36 in Saladin, 35 in Duhok, 35 in Kirkuk, twenty-two in Sulaimani, twenty-one in Erbil, twenty-one in Maysan, twelve in Nineveh, and three 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 eighteen patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 2,820 others recovered from it.

According to the health ministry, there have been 692,241 cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the disease first appeared in the country last year. At least 632,998 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 13,383 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)