Iraq records 6,552 new coronavirus cases: ministry

This aerial view shows Iraqis sharing a collective iftar, the evening meal that will end the daily fast at sunset, on the second day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in the war-ravaged old part of the northern city of Mosul, on April 15, 2021. Zaid AL-OBEIDI / AFP

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Saturday (April 17) it recorded 6,552 new coronavirus infections and 33 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total, 2,677 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 896 in Basra, 487 in Duhok, 405 in Maysan, 388 in Diyala, 341 in Wasit, 250 in Najaf, 210 in Diwaniya, 187 in Kirkuk, 154 in Saladin, 119 in Babil, 97 in Karbala, 82 in Erbil, 77 in Dhi Qar. 76 in Sulaimani, 63 in Nineveh, twenty-four in Anbar, and nineteen in Muthanna.

The ministry reported that 33 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 5,867 others recovered from it.

According to the health ministry, there have been 970,987 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 849,718 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 14,948 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)