Iraq records 5,173 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Women walk in a deserted street during a new curfew to contain spike in Covid-19 cases, in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on February 19, 2021. (Hussein FALEH / AFP)

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Wednesday (March 3) it recorded 5,173 new coronavirus infections and 25 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total, 1,746 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 961 in Basra, 674 in Najaf, 278 in Wasit, 243 in Karbala, 241 in Diwaniya, 161 in Diyala, 150 in Dhi Qar, 149 in Babil, 117 in Maysan, 112 in Erbil, 91 in Muthanna, 72 in Duhok, 59 in Saladin, 53 in Sulaimani, 40 in Kirkuk, seventeen in Nineveh, and nine 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 25 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 3,463 others recovered from it.

According to the health ministry, there have been 708,951 cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the disease first appeared in the country last year. At least 646,619 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 13,483 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)