Iraq records 3,923 new coronavirus cases: ministry

A medical team checks the temperature of a woman, at the entrance checkpoint of Erbil, Iraq, March 2, 2020. - REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Thursday (September 16) it recorded 3,923 coronavirus infections and 52 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total 635 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 445 in Sulaimani, 385 in Basra, 362 in Duhok, 324 in Erbil, 263 in Nineveh, 222 in Maysan, 216 in Najaf, 213 in Kirkuk, 174 in Wasit, 133 in Diyala, 121 in Saladin, 93 in Dhi Qar, 71 in Diwaniya, 47 in Karbala, 44 in Anbar, 31 in Babil, and 22 in Muthanna.

The ministry reported that 52 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 5,763 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 97,262 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours, including 4,754 people in Sulaimani, 4,488 in Erbil, and 3,662 in Duhok.

According to the ministry, 4,310,896 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 1,967,187 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,846,187 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 21,683 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)