Iraq records 2,162 new coronavirus cases: ministry

An MSF nurse checking on a patient in COVID-19 centre at Al-Kindi Hospital in Baghdad. Iraq, February 2021. HASSAN KAMAL AL-DEEN/MSF

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Friday (October 15) it recorded 2,162 coronavirus infections and 32 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total 189 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 526 in Sulaimani, 483 in Erbil, 322 in Duhok, 155 in Nineveh, 98 in Basra, 79 in Wasit, 82 in Kirkuk, 56 in Najaf, 30 in Diyala, 29 in Karbala, 29 in Diwaniyah, 26 Maysan, twenty-three in Saladin, nineteen in Dhi Qar, thirteen in Anbar, nine in Muthanna, and four in Babil.

The ministry reported that 32 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 3,199 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 74,369 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours, including 2,147 people in Erbil, 2,019 in Duhok, and 1,805 in Sulaimani.

According to the ministry, 5,210,145 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 2,032,660 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,961,666 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 22,713 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)