Iraq records 3,081 new coronavirus cases: ministry

A man receives a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Baghdad, Iraq March 2, 2021. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Tuesday (September 21) it recorded 3,081 coronavirus infections and 42 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

Of that total 494 of the newest cases are in Baghdad governorate, along with 586 in Sulaimani, 406 in Erbil, 262 in Duhok, 230 in Basra, 210 in Kirkuk, 180 in Nineveh, 145 in Wasit, 114 in Maysan, 86 in Dhi Qar, 76 in Najaf, 65 in Saladin, 61 in Diyala, 55 in Anbar, 43 in Babil, 42 in Diwaniya, eighteen in Karbala, and eight in Muthanna.

The ministry reported that 42 patients died from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 4,454 recovered from it.

Meanwhile, 115,805 people were vaccinated in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region over the past 24 hours, including 4,587 people in Erbil, 3,664 in Sulaimani, and 3,407 in Duhok.

According to the ministry, 4,498,842 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 1,981,493 officially-recorded cases of coronavirus across Iraq since the virus first appeared in the country last year. At least 1,872,272 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and a total of 21,911 people have died from it in Iraq.

The numbers are almost certainly an undercount.

(NRT Digital Media)