Iraq records 1,247 new coronavirus cases: ministry

A member of a medical team in Baghdad, Iraq, February 22, 2021. REUTERS/Teba Sadiq

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Saturday (October 23) it recorded 1,247 coronavirus infections and twenty-four deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total 153 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 380 in Erbil, 282 in Sulaimani, 133 in Nineveh, 108 in Duhok, 49 in Najaf, 35 in Basra, 32 in Saladin, seventeen in Kirkuk, thirteen in Diwaniya, twelve in Diyala, twelve in Maysan, eleven in Wasit, eight in Babil, six in Anbar, five in Dhi Qar, two in Karbala, and one in Muthanna.

The ministry reported that twenty-four patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 2,139 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 50,612 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours, including 3,280 people in Erbil, 776 in Sulaimani, and 2,779 in Duhok.

According to the ministry, 5,559,945 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 2,046,274 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,986,578 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 22,961 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)