Iraq COVID-19 cases surpass 500,000: health ministry

File – Iraqis are wearing face masks and gloves as precautionary measures against coronavirus outbreak in the country (Reuters)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraq’s tally of people infected with the novel coronavirus shot past 500,000 on Monday, Iraqi Ministry of Health said.

In a statement, the ministry said it had recorded 3,184 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

The ministry further said it had registered 1,225 cases in Baghdad, 303 in Erbil, 303 others in Duhok, 294 in Sulaimani, 247 in Kirkuk, 123 in Saladin, 122 in Babil and 109 in Diyala.

The ministry added that 87 other cases were recorded in Maysan, 65 in Diwaniyah, 55 in Nineveh, 52 in Najaf, 51 in Anbar, 50 in Wasit, 46 in Basra, 27 in Muthanna, 13 in Dhi Qar and 12 in Karbala.

The Iraqi ministry stated that 53 more patients had died in the previous 24 hours, while 3,305 others had recovered.

So far, Iraq has recorded 501,733 COVID-19 cases, with 11,380 deaths and 432,233 recoveries, according to the ministry’s figures.

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