Iraq records 13,259 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Iraqi medical workers disinfect a ward at the Hakim Hospital in Najaf. (Credit: AFP)

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Thursday (July 29) it recorded 13,259 new coronavirus infections and 49 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total, 3,330 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 1,469 in Duhok, 1,062 in Wasit, 1,013 in Dhi Qar, 899 in Basra, 838 in Sulaimani, 749 in Erbil, 571 in Karbala, 551 in Maysan, 510 in Saladin, 411 in Nineveh, 390 in Diyala, 380 in Najaf, 259 in Babil, 250 in Diwaniya, 223 in Anbar, 194 in Muthanna, and 160 in Kirkuk.

The ministry reported that 49 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 9,401 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 93,831 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours, including 2,785 people in Erbil, 3,552 in Duhok, and 3,519 in Sulaimani.

According to the ministry, 1,649,452 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 1,603,787 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,447,160 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 18,533 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)