Kurdistan Region’s COVID-19 cases rise by one-day record of 1,308: minister

File – A medical worker is walking inside a center to test and treat coronavirus patients in Sulaimani. Sartep Othman/Esta Media Network

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Kurdistan Region’s coronavirus cases rose by 1,308 for the first time on Thursday, a record one-day increase since the virus outbreak, a health official said.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of health Saman Barzinji said in a press conference that 17 more patients had died from the virus 24 hours in the Region.

The minister further said 246 more patients had died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

The ministry of health said in a statement that 424 cases were in Erbil, 335 in Sulaimani, 34 in Garmian, 463 in Duhok and 52 in Halabja.

The Region’s total number of infections reached 66,131 cases, of which 38,807 recovered and 2,243 died, according to the minister.

The WHO representative in Erbil Dr. Wael Hatahet praised the KRG’s measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic, calling the efforts “impressive”.

“We are behind the minister’s efforts, and we’ll keep doing our best to support the people here in Kurdistan,” the WHO representative said.

Earlier on Thursday, the KRG Health Ministry warned of rising the number of COVID-19 cases in the Region, saying “the predictions are dangerous”.

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