WHO says there is ‘no imminent’ outbreak of COVID-19 in Iraq

File – An Iraqi man wearing a protective mask is walking in a bazaar in Baghdad, Iraq. (Anadolu Agency)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The World Health Organization (WHO) said there is “no imminent” outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Iraq, as cases keep rising in the country.

“Currently, Iraq is at the stage where COVID-19 is spreading in the community,” WHO Iraq Representative Adham Ismail said in a statement on Monday (October 5).

“This means that some people in the community have already been infected with the COVID-19 but how or where they became exposed to the disease in not known.”

The WHO called on all parties disseminating information to the public on the virus to do it with caution using verified information from the organization and Iraqi health authorities.

Iraq records an average of nearly 4,000 cases of the novel coronavirus daily. The Iraqi health ministry recorded 3,808 COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths on Monday.

The country had recorded 382,949 cases as of Monday, of which 9,464 died and 312,158 recovered, according to the health ministry’s figures.

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