Iraq records 1,882 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 Thursday (October 21) it recorded 1,882 coronavirus infections and 39 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total 147 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 501 in Erbil, 335 in Erbil, 240 in Duhok, 176 in Nineveh, 83 in Basra, 82 in Najaf, 78 in Kirkuk, 47 in Wasit, 46 in Saladin, 31 in Karbala, 28 in Dhi Qar, twenty in Diwaniya, eighteen in Muthanna, seventeen in Anbar, twelve in Maysan, eleven in Diyala, and ten in Babil.

The ministry reported that 39 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 2,656 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 72,642 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours, including 2,379 people in Erbil, 2,680 in Duhok, and 2,470 in Sulaimani.

According to the ministry, 5,456,847 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 2,042,117 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,979,563 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 22,875 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)