Iraq records 374 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Doctors pose for a selfie before testing residents for Covid-19 in the capital Baghdad's suburb of Sadr City (AFP)

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Saturday (December 4) it recorded 374 coronavirus infections and six deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total 106 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 127 in Duhok, 44 in Saladin, 31 in Kirkuk, 31 in Nineveh, twenty-three in Sulaimani, nineteen in Anbar, eighteen in Diyala, twelve in Erbil, nine in Karbala, five in Najaf, three in Basra, two in Wasit, two in Babil, and one each in Dhi Qar and Muthanna.

The ministry reported that six patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 816 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 19,917 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan region over the past 24 hours.

According to the ministry, 7,660,142 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 2,083,889 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 2,049,194 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 23,873 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)