Iraq records 457 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Iraqi health workers prepare doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at al-Salam hospital in Mosul on July 29, 2021. Zaid AL-OBEIDI/AFP

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Sunday (December 5) it recorded 457 coronavirus infections and twelve deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total 70 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 113 in Duhok, 68 in Sulaimani, 51 in Nineveh, 48 in Kirkuk, 29in Duhok, 25 in Saladin, eighteen in Anbar, seven in Diyala, six in Basra, five in Najaf, five in Babil, five in Muthanna, four in Diwaniya, two in Dhi Qar, and on Maysan.

The ministry reported that six patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 839 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 64,77 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan region over the past 24 hours, including 5.554 people in Duhok, 3,273 in Erbil, and 1,126 in Sulaimani

According to the ministry, 7,691,071 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 2,084,346 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 2,050,033 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 23,885 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)