Iraq records 6,188 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Iraqi women wear protective face masks, following an outbreak of coronavirus, as they look at books at Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, Iraq March 6, 2020. (Reuters)

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Sunday (April 18) it recorded 6,188 new coronavirus infections and 33 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total, 1,938 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 717 in Basra, 559 in Sulaimani, 528 in Maysan, 351 in Diyala, 284 in Erbil, 250 in Wasit, 243 in Najaf, 231 in Duhok, 200 in Babil, 185 in Kirkuk, 164 in Diwaniya, 162 in Dhi Qar, 105 in Muthanna, 103 in Saladin, 98 in Karbala, 61 in Nineveh, and nine in Anbar.

The ministry reported that 33 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 6,814 others recovered from it.

According to the health ministry, there have been 977,175 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 856,532 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 14,981 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)