Iraq records 1,077 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Basra airport, in Basra, Iraq February 1, 2020. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Saturday (October16) it recorded1,077 coronavirus infections and 25 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total 162 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 311 in Duhok, 99 in Nineveh, 96 in Sulaimani, 80 in Basra, 58 in Kirkuk, 57 in Erbil, 53 in Diyala, 45 in Najaf, 28 in Maysan, twenty-two in Saladin, twenty in Wasit, eighteen in Karbala, eleven in Anbar, seven in Diwaniya, seven in Dhi Qar, and three in Babil.

The ministry reported that 25 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 3,007 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 11,759 people were vaccinated in Iraq.

According to the ministry, 5,218,682 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 2,033,737 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,964,673 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 22,738 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)