Iraq records 4,400 new coronavirus cases: ministry

A COVID-19 patient is treated in the severe case ward of Al-Kindy hospital, Baghdad. Iraq, September 2020. (MSF)

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Tuesday (September 14) it recorded 4,400 coronavirus infections and 46 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total 669 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 560 in Sulaimani, 443 in Basra, 363 in Erbil, 312 in Duhok, 245 in Najaf, 242 in Nineveh, 238 in Maysan, 214 in Dhi Qar, 200 in Kirkuk, 197 in Diyala, 159 in Wasit, 133 in Saladin, 120 in Karbala, 109 in Diwaniya, 101 in Muthanna, 61 in Anbar, and 34 in Babil.

The ministry reported that 46 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 5,802 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 130,135 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours, including 5,530 people in Sulaimani, 4,800 in Erbil, and 4,755 in Duhok.

According to the ministry, 4,203,578 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 1,959,369 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,834,670 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 21,596 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)