Iraq records 3,559 new coronavirus cases: ministry

An Iraqi man receives a dose 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 Friday (September 17) it recorded 3,559 coronavirus infections and 56 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total 451 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 806 in Sulaimani, 325 in Erbil, 312 in Nineveh, 256 in Basra, 247 in Duhok, 218 in Kirkuk, 196 in Maysan, 168 in Wasit, 129 in Diwaniya, 106 in Saladin, 93 in Dhi Qar, 73 in Najaf, 68 in Diyala, 36 in Anbar, 35 in Babil, 23 in Karbala, and seventeen in Muthanna.

The ministry reported that 56 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 6,633 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 90,083 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours, including 4,692 people in Sulaimani, 5,619 in Erbil, and 3,056 in Duhok.

According to the ministry, 4,354,541 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 1,970,746 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,852,791 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 21,739 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)