Iraq records 1,537 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Zainab Faris Omran, 21 works as a nurse in Al-Hussein Hospital in Karbala. © UNDP Iraq

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Monday (October 25) it recorded 1,537 coronavirus infections and 32 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total 131 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 433 in Erbil, 289 in Sulaimani, 280 in Duhok, 108 in Nineveh, 53 in Saladin, 33 in Najaf, twenty-two in Diyala, twenty-two in Wasit, twenty-one in Anbar, twenty in Dhi Qar, twelve in Maysan, eleven in Karbala, eleven in Diwaniya, eight in Babil, and two in Muthanna.

The ministry reported that 32 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 2,588 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 76,133 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours, including 2,593 people in Erbil, 3,833 in Sulaimani, and 2,768 in Duhok.

According to the ministry, 5,621,027 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 2,047,811 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,989,166 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 22,993 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)