Iraq records 2,515 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Tarik Sheibani, an Iraqi doctor and director of Al-Amal Hospital, at a quarantine ward at Al-Amal Hospital.(Reuters)

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Sunday (September 19) it recorded 2,515 coronavirus infections and 47 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total 413 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 697 in Sulaimani, 437 in Erbil, 148 in Kirkuk, 124 in Basra, 119 in Duhok, 110 in Nineveh, 83 in Wasit, 76 in Najaf, 71 in Maysan, 48 in Saladin, 44 in Diwaniya, 40 in Dhi Qar, 33 in Babil, twenty in Diyala, nineteen in Anbar, seventeen in Muthanna, and sixteen in Karbala.

The ministry reported that 47 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 5,067 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 57,900 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours, including 4,330 people in Erbil, 2,414 in Sulaimani, and 2,077 in Duhok.

According to the ministry, 4,391,748 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 1,975,220 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,862,940 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 21,822 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)