With 9,883 new COVID-19 cases, Iraq posts single-day record: ministry

Disinfecting shops in Baghdad’s Bayaa neighbourhood as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19.(AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP)

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Monday (July 19) it recorded 9,883 new coronavirus infections and 62 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours, posting single-day record.

Of that total, 2,423 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 985 in Basra, 976 in Duhok, 591 in Wasit, 584 in Sulaimani, 576 in Dhi Qar, 455 in Diwaniya, 425 in Erbil, 368 in Diyala, 368 in Kirkuk, 366 in Maysan, 332 in Najaf, 324 in Babil, 315 in Karbala, 303 in Nineveh, 280 in Muthanna, 160 in Saladin, and 52 in Anbar.

The ministry reported that 62 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 8,278 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 33,318 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours, including 539 people in Erbil, 170 in Duhok, and 478 in Sulaimani.

According to the ministry, 1,164,890 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 1,501,595 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,364,545 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 17,892 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)