Iraq records 8,905 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Patients recovered from COVID-19 donate plasma at the National Blood Transfusion Center in Baghdad, Iraq, June 28, 2020.

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Friday (July 23) it recorded 8,905 new coronavirus infections and 66 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total, 2,486 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 848 in Basra, 736 in Duhok, 474 in Wasit, 453 in Erbil, 450 in Dhi Qar, 409 in Sulaimani, 364 in Kirkuk, 359 in Karbala, 352 in Diyala, 331 in Najaf, 329 in Nineveh, 311 in Diwaniya, 291 in Maysan, 277 in Muthanna, 246 in Babil, 125 in Saladin, and 64 in Anbar.

The ministry reported that 66 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 8,205 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 41,621 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours.

According to the ministry, 1,250,452 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 1,535,848 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,394,536 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 18,167 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)