Iraq records 1,716 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Patients recovered from COVID-19 donate plasma at the National Blood Transfusion Center in Baghdad, Iraq, June 28, 2020.

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Sunday (October 17) it recorded 1,716 coronavirus infections and eighteen deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total 170 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 581 in Erbil, 437 in Sulaimani, 129 in Duhok, 123 in Nineveh, 60 in Najaf, 46 in Kirkuk, 39 in Wasit, 37 in Basra, 28 in Diwaniya, 25 in Saladin, thirteen in Diyala, seven in Dhi Qar, six in Anbar, five in Babil, four in Maysan, four in Muthanna, and two in Karbala.

The ministry reported that eighteen patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 3,189 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 55,459 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours, including 2,393 people in Erbil, 1,972 in Duhok, and 483 in Sulaimani.

According to the ministry, 5,260,678 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 2,035,453 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,967,862 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 22,756 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)