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Iraq records 5,287 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)
2021-05-11

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Tuesday (May 11) it recorded 5,287 new coronavirus infections and 34 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total, 2,762 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 686 in Basra, 307 in Diyala, 300 in Sulaimani, 260 in Maysan, 241 in Najaf, 223 in Duhok, 141 in Erbil, 137 in Nineveh, 124 in Wasit, 119 in Babil, 115 in Dhi Qar, 98 in Saladin, 97 in Diwaniya, 90 in Kirkuk, 84 in Karbala, 75 in Anbar, and 28 in Muthanna.

The ministry reported that 34 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 6,561 others recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 21,403 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours, including 1,645 people in Erbil, 612 in Sulaimani, and 430 in Duhok.

According to the ministry, 453,361 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 1,122,914 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,018,167 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 15,834 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)