Iraq records 7,972 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Civil defense team members spray disinfectant to sanitize the surroundings of the Kufa mosque following an outbreak of the coronavirus in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq, Feb. 27, 2020. Photo by REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Wednesday (April 14) it recorded 7,979 new coronavirus infections and 40 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total, 2,550 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 1,050 in Basra,571 in Wasit, 541 in Duhok, 514 in Diyala, 445 in Maysan, 421 in Sulaimani, 274 in Karbala, 269 in Najaf, 252 in Babil, 244 in Dhi Qar, 197 in Erbil, 159 in Kirkuk, 156 in Diwaniya, 124 in Muthanna, 100 in Saladin, 73 in Nineveh, and 32 in Anbar.

The ministry reported that 40 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 5,196 others recovered from it.

According to the health ministry, there have been 949,050 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 831,519 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 14,836 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)