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Iraq records 2,767 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Iraqi health workers collect swab samples for COVID-19 testing at the capital Baghdad's Shorja market on February 22, 2021. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP)
2021-05-15

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Saturday (May 15) it recorded 2,058 new coronavirus infections and 20 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total, 914 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 341 in Basra, 114 in Diyala, 110 in Najaf, 74 in Wasit, 62 in Diwaniya, 52 in Duhok, 45 in Sulaimani, 44 in Erbil, 4 in Kirkuk, 41 in Maysan, 37 in Babil, 37 in Saladin, 36 in Nineveh, 30 in Dhi Qar, 29 in Karbala, 26 in Muthanna, and twenty-five in Anbar.

The ministry reported that 20 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 5,220others recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 3,825 people were vaccinated in Iraq over the past 48 hours.

According to the ministry, 472,302 people have been vaccinated in Iraq, a country of more than 40 million, since the first shipment of vaccines arrived on February 28.

According to the health ministry, there have been 1,136,917 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,039,616 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 15,930 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)