Iraq reports highest 122 daily COVID-19 fatalities as total cases exceed 40,000

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BAGHDAD, June 26 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi Health Ministry on Friday reported 122 deaths from COVID-19, the highest daily record so far, bringing the death toll to 1,559.

A statement by the ministry reported 2,054 new COVID-19 cases during the day, increasing the total confirmed infections in Iraq to 41,193.

The new cases included 631 in the capital Baghdad, 215 in Maysan, 163 in Wasit, 162 in Sulaimaniyah, 140 in Diwaniyah, 117 in Dhi Qar, 112 in Najaf and 110 in Basra, while the other cases were detected in the other provinces.

Meanwhile, 18,859 patients have recovered, according to the statement.

The new cases were recorded after 11,920 test kits were used across the country during the day, and a total of 500,723 tests have been conducted since the outbreak of the disease.

The recent high records of coronavirus infections and the deaths prompted the lawmaker Salman al-Ghreibawi, also a member of the parliamentary health committee, to criticize the performance of the Health Ministry in dealing with the disease.

"The Health Ministry is fully responsible for the increase of COVID-19 infections, because its hospitals lack most of the basic services as most of them are dilapidated and not suitable for health work," al-Ghreibawi said in a statement.

However, he said that a medicine to treat COVID-19 infections will be produced next week in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq, the statement added.

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, Iraq has been taking measures to contain the pandemic.

China has been helping Iraq fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

From March 7 to April 26, a Chinese team of seven medical experts spent 50 days in Iraq to help contain the disease, during which they helped build a PCR lab and an advanced CT scanner in Baghdad.

Since March 7, China has also sent three batches of medical aid to Iraq. Enditem

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