Iraq records 7,561 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Iraqi medical staff check passengers' temperature, amid coronavirus outbreak, upon their arrival from Iran, at Najaf airport in Iraq March 5, 2020. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Friday (April 16) it recorded 7,561 new coronavirus infections and 30 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total, 2,764 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 723 in Diyala, 647 in Basra, 424 in Wasit, 381 in Sulaimani, 372 in Duhok, 345 in Maysan, 289 in Babil, 286 in Najaf, 234 in Dhi Qar, 203 in Karbala, 202 in Kirkuk, 199 in Erbil, 155 in Diwaniya, 148 in Saladin, 74 in Nineveh, 58 in Anbar, and 57 in Muthanna.

The ministry reported that 30 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 6,515 others recovered from it.

According to the health ministry, there have been 964,435 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 843,851 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 14,915 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)