Iraq records 1,644 new coronavirus cases: ministry

COVID-19 medical staff in Baghdad city, Al–Karkh hospital, Iraq. (file)

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Tuesday (October 12) it recorded 1,644 coronavirus infections and 29 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total 136 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 579 in Sulaimani, 398 in Erbil, 137 in Duhok, 100 in Basra, 84 in Najaf, 43 in Wasit, 38 in Kirkuk, 34 in Nineveh, twenty-four in Saladin, nineteen in Dhi Qar, seventeen in Karbala, sixteen in Diyala, eleven in Diwaniya, four in Anbar, two in Maysan, and two in Babil.

The ministry reported that 29 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 3,472 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 18,853 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours, including 211 people in Sulaimani. No one was vaccinated in Erbil and Duhok, according to the statistics released by the ministry.

According to the ministry, 5,042,777 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 2,026,349 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,952,043 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 22,620 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)