Iraq records 2,447 new coronavirus cases: ministry

An Iraqi boy sells medical masks at a popular market in central Baghdad (AFP)

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Monday (September 27) it recorded 2,447 coronavirus infections and 32 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total 293 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 630 in Sulaimani, 481 in Erbil, 310 in Duhok, 135 in Kirkuk, 116 in Nineveh, 93 in Basra, 88 in Maysan, 57 in Wasit, 57 in Saladin, 56 in Diyala, 34 in Diwaniyah, 29 in Najaf, twenty-five in Dhi Qar, twenty-one in Anbar, eleven in Karbala, seven in Babil, and four in Muthanna.

The ministry reported that 32 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 4,156 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 56,139 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours, including 2,174 people in Erbil, 2,160 in Sulaimani, and 2,054 in Duhok.

According to the ministry, 4,676,216 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 1,996,214 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,900,227 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 22,142 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)