Iraq records 7,653 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Shia pilgrims walk outside the shrine of Imam Ali in Najaf, Iraq. AP Photo

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Saturday (July 24) it recorded 7,653 new coronavirus infections and 65 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total, 2,073 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 722 in Duhok, 633 in Basra, 565 in Dhi Qar, 500 in Wasit, 422 in Diyala, 376 in Karbala, 362 in Diwaniya, 287 in Kirkuk, 286 in Najaf, 286 in Muthanna, 272 in Nineveh, 258 in Maysan, 166 in Erbil, 143 in Babil, 138 in Saladin, 122 in Sulaimani, and 42 in Anbar.

The ministry reported that 65 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 8,001 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 16,354 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours.

According to the ministry, 1,265,645 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 1,543,501 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,402,537 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 18,232 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)