Iraq records 1,388 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Tarik Sheibani, an Iraqi doctor and director of Al-Amal Hospital, at a quarantine ward at Al-Amal Hospital.(Reuters)

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Wednesday (October 20) it recorded 1,388 coronavirus infections and 26 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total 180 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 334 in Erbil, 237 in Sulaimani, 117 in Duhok, 91 in Najaf, 91 in Basra, 68 in Kirkuk, 61 in Nineveh, 36 in Saladin, 35 in Maysan, 30 in Diyala, 29 in Wasit, twenty-one in Dhi Qar, seventeen in Anbar, sixteen in Diwaniya, thirteen in Karbala, ten in Babil, and two in Muthanna.

The ministry reported that 26 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 2,938 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 78,324 people were vaccinated in Iraq and none in the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours.

According to the ministry, 5,400,805 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 2,040,235 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,976,907 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 22,836 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)