Iraq records 4,512 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 Thursday (May 13) it recorded 4,512 new coronavirus infections and 28 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total, 1,713 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 532 in Basra, 315 in Sulaimani, 258 in Maysan, 235 in Diyala, 200 in Wasit, 198 in Duhok, 175 in Karbala, 153 in Najaf, 125 in Saladin, 123 in Erbil, 123 in Nineveh, 86 in Diwaniya, 72 in Babil, 69 in Kirkuk, 64 in Anbar, 44 in Dhi Qar, and 27 in Muthanna.

The ministry reported that 28 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 5,043 others recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 8,774 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours, including 310 people in Erbil, 215 in Sulaimani, and 167 in Duhok.

According to the ministry, 470,137 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 1,132,092 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,028,627 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 15,883 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)