Iraq records 8,149 new coronavirus cases: ministry


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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Saturday (July 17) it recorded 8,149 new coronavirus infections and 38 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total, 2,311 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 878 in Basra, 763 in Duhok, 669 in Dhi Qar, 506 in Karbala, 425 in Wasit, 388 in Maysan, 345 in Diyala, 311 in Nineveh, 276 in Kirkuk, 272 in Babil, 271 in Najaf, 158 I Diwaniya, 131 in Muthanna, 114 in Sulaimani, 114 in Saladin, 65 in Erbil, and 52 in Anbar.

The ministry reported that 38 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 7,920 recovered from it.

According to the ministry, 1,127,270 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 1,483,014 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,348,303 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 17,789 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)