Iraq records 4,666 new coronavirus cases: ministry

An Iraqi medical staff member checks a passenger's temperature, amid the new coronavirus outbreak, upon his arrival to Shalamcha Border Crossing between Iraq and Iran, February 20, 2020. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Wednesday (May 12) it recorded 4,666 new coronavirus infections and twenty-one deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total, 1,660 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 453 in Basra, 318 in Sulaimani, 318 in Diyala, 303 in Duhok, 284 in Maysan, 152 in Karbala, 148 in Saladin, 134 in Erbil, 128 in Nineveh, 126 in Najaf, 117 in Wasit, 116 in Babil, 113 in Kirkuk, 102 in Anbar, 78 in Dhi Qar, 74 in Diwaniya, and 42 in Muthanna.

The ministry reported that twenty-one patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 5,417 others recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 21,675 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours, including 1,496 people in Duhok, 1,344 in Erbil, and 533 in Sulaimani.

According to the ministry, 465,099 people have been vaccinated in Iraq, a country of more than 40 million, since the first shipment of vaccines arrived on February 28.

According to the health ministry, there have been 1,127,580 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,023,584 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 15,855 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)