Kurdistan Region’s COVID-19 cases surge past 90,000: health ministry

Members of the medical teams test people for coronavirus in Sulaimani city, March 18, 2020. (Esta Media Network)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Kurdistan Region’s coronavirus cases shot past 90,000 on Monday, according to the health ministry.

In a statement, the Region’s ministry of health said it had recorded 659 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

The ministry further said it had registered 223 cases in Erbil, 159 in Sulaimani, 220 in Duhok, 17 in Halabja, 35 in Garmian and five in Raparin.

The health ministry added that 232 more patients had recovered from the virus in the previous 24 hours, while 23 others had died.

So far, the Kurdistan Region has logged 90,259 coronavirus cases, with 2,866 deaths and 55,514 recoveries, according to the health ministry.

Iraqi Ministry of Health also said it had registered 2,390 new coronavirus cases, 42 deaths and 2,526 recoveries.

The country’s total number of infections reached 521,542, of which 11,712 died and 449,565 recovered, the ministry’s figures showed.

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