Iraq records 3,248 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Workers set up a field hospital to treat patients with COVID-19 in Baghdad, Iraq on June 20, 2020. (Photo Credit: /Hadi Mizban/ AP)

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Sunday (February 28) it recorded 3,248 new coronavirus infections and twenty-three deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total, 940 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 662 in Basra, 393 in Najaf, 197 in Wasit, 175 in Diwaniya, 143 in Babil, 135 in Erbil, 128 in Karbala, 114 in Dhi Qar, 81 in sulaimani, 57 in Maysan, 54 in Saladin, 47 in Muthanna, 41 in Diyala, 40 in Kirkuk, twenty-one in Duhok, eighteen in Nineveh, and two in Anbar.

It did not say how many were from the new variants that are beginning to circulate in the population.

The ministry reported that twenty-three patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 2,933 others recovered from it.

According to the health ministry, there have been 695,489 cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the disease first appeared in the country last year. At least 635,931 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 13,406 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)