101 new cases of coronavirus recorded in Sulaimani: ministry

By far the largest single day number
Ambulances in Kurdistan Region (NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI — The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Health said on Sunday night (May 31) that it recorded 101 new cases of coronavirus in Sulaimani governorate.

A mere six of the newest patients were identified through contact tracing. The vast majority, 93, presented with symptoms and tested positive for the virus. Two others returned from abroad.

Fifty-one of the newest cases are from Penjwen district, 42 from Sulaimani city, three from Warmawa, and one each from Kalar, Kifri, Khanaqin, Halabja, and Baghdad.

Sulaimani Health Directorate spokesperson Yad Naqshbandi told NRT Digital Media that the situation is dangerous because of this second wave of coronavirus outbreak. 

There have been 317 new cases in the Kurdistan Region since May 13, a full 45 percent of the entire total recorded since the beginning of the outbreak.

Naqshbandi said that health officials were predicting that there will be a patient in every house in a near future if people do not protect themselves, but added that there was no plan to reimplement a curfew or lockdown because of the economic harm it would inflict on residents.

The mayor of Penjwen said that a neighborhood in the district has been quarantined because of the high number of cases there.

Earlier, the ministry announced a new death from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection. Seven people have now died in the Kurdistan Region from the virus, including six in Sulaimani governorate and one in Erbil.

According to the health ministry, there have been 710 cases of coronavirus in the Kurdistan Region. Four hundred and twenty patients have recovered from COVID-19.

The ministry added that it will use local hotels as care facilities on an emergency basis because of the sudden rise in the number of new patients.

(NRT Digital Media)

This story was updated at 10:01 p.m. EBL.