Iraq records 8,698 new coronavirus cases: ministry

An Iraqi public hospital specialized doctor takes samples from Iraqi citizens in Baghdad's Sadr City April 2, 2020.

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Sunday (July 18) it recorded 8,698 new coronavirus infections and 41 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total, 1,768 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 764 in Basra, 606 in Sulaimani, 566 in Erbil, 540 in Wasit, 456 in Karbala, 443 in Diwaniya, 390 in Maysan, 380 in Babil, 359 in Nineveh, 313 in Najaf, 294 in Kirkuk, 284 in Duhok, 216 in Muthanna, 193 in Diyala, 171 in Saladin, and 46 in Anbar.

The ministry reported that 41 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 7,964 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 31,914 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours, including 875 people in Erbil, 1,954 in Duhok, and 253 in Sulaimani.

According to the ministry, 1,145,665 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 1,491,712 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,356,267 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 17,830 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)