Iraq COVID-19 death toll tops 18,000: ministry

A medical worker at a vaccination center in Iraq’s capital Baghdad on July 19, 2021. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Wednesday (July 21) it recorded 8,320 new coronavirus infections and 69 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours, posting single-day record.

Of that total, 1,996 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 725 in Basra, 676 in Dhi Qar, 611 in Duhok, 599 in Karbala, 570 in Wasit, 423 in Diwaniya, 417 in Maysan, 387 in Najaf, 360 in Erbil, 356 in Diyala, 250 in Babil, 246 in Kirkuk, 213 in Muthanna, 186 in Nineveh, 131 in Saladin, 107 in Sulaimani, and 67 in Anbar.

The ministry reported that 69 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 6,916 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 27,868 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours.

According to the ministry, 1,203,546 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 1,518,837 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,379,074 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 18,020 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)