SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi minister of health Hassan al-Tamimi said on Friday (February 12) that he was worried about the rise in coronavirus cases being registered in the country.
“We are very concerned about the epidemiological situation in the country,” Tamimi said in a press conference in Najaf, calling on people’s awareness to battle the pandemic.
Tamimi visited Najaf, al-Muthanna and al-Diwaniya last week to discuss the “epidemiological situation” with authorities there.
On Friday, the Iraqi health ministry recorded 2,530 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, of which 340 were in Najaf. As many as 191 cases were in Diwaniyah and 74 others were in al-Muthanna.
“Citizens should be aware of the seriousness of the epidemiological situation, and that there may be an increase in injuries,” the minister said.
As of Friday, Iraq had recorded 604,822 coronavirus cases, with 13,157 deaths and 639,438 recoveries, according to the health ministry’s figures.