Number of coronavirus cases in Kurdistan Region rises to five after new positive test in Sulaimani

Patient part of same family who contracted disease while in Iran
KRG Minister of Health Saman Hussain Barzinji speaks during a press conference on March 2, 2020 (NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI — The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Health announced a new coronavirus in Sulaimani on Monday night (March 2), bringing the total number of cases recorded in the Region to five.

The newest case involves a person who is part of the same family as three of the four patients who had tested positive earlier. The other patient was an unrelated woman.

They had all recently returned from Iran, so the new case did not constitute a transmission into the broader population of the city.

Earlier, Sulaimani Governor Haval Abubakir said that all four patients who first tested positive were in stable condition and being treated at a local hospital and isolated from other patients.

KRG Minister of Health Saman Hussain Barzinji in a press conference on Monday night said that, in the past 24-hours, officials tested 27 people for infection, which resulted in 25 negative tests, one positive test, and one that requires additional testing.

In total, 89 people have been tested for the virus in the Region, resulting in the five positive tests.

The minster called on the public and those who plan to travel to follow health ministry guidelines and to use mask and gloves properly.

“We call on employers not to create huge gathering when getting salaries and to work on a plan that does not create overcrowded places,” he added.

The announcement brings Iraq's total to 27, after the federal health ministry said that it identified seven new cases on Monday

(NRT Digital Media)

This story was updated at 9:28 p.m. EBL