Iraq records 8,922 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Doctors make testing components for the coronavirus disease in Basra, Iraq March 29, 2020. Picture taken, March 29, 2020. REUTERS,ESSAM AL-SUDANI

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Tuesday (July 20) it recorded 8,922 new coronavirus infections and 59 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours, posting single-day record.

Of that total, 2,222 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 816 in Dhi Qar, 638 in Duhok, 610 in Wasit, 602 in Basra, 460 in Diwaniya, 399 in Maysan, 380 in Karbala, 361 in Sulaimani, 356 in Najaf, 350 in Diyala, 348 in Erbil, 323 in Kirkuk, 320 in Muthanna, 317 in Babil, 203 in Nineveh, 154 in Saladin, and 63 in Anbar.

The ministry reported that 59 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 7,613 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 31,970 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours.

According to the ministry, 1,184,145 people have been vaccinated in Iraq, a country of more than 40 million, since the first shipment of vaccines arrived on February 28.

There have been 1,510,517 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,372,158 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 17,951 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)