Iraq records 1,959 new coronavirus cases: ministry

COVID-19 medical staff in Baghdad city, Al–Karkh hospital, Iraq. (file)

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Saturday (September 18) it recorded 1,959 coronavirus infections and 36 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total 344 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 472 in Duhok, 263 in Basra, 135 in Najaf, 118 in Nineveh, 111 in Sulaimani, 89 in Diyala, 72 in Babil, 59 in Kirkuk, 51 in Erbil, 51 in Wasit, 46 in Saladin, 37 in Anbar, 27 in Maysan, 26 in Diwaniya, 23 in Karbala, 21 in Dhi Qar, and fourteen in Muthanna.

The ministry reported that 36 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 5,082 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 18,904 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours, including 246 people in Erbil.

According to the ministry, 4,363,963 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 1,972,705 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,857,873 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 21,775 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)