Iraq reports 3,221 new COVID-19 cases, 423,524 in total

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BAGHDAD, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi Health Ministry reported on Saturday 3,221 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the nationwide infections to 423,524.

The ministry also reported 56 more deaths, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 10,198 in the country.

It also said that 3,329 more patients recovered in the day, bringing the total number of recoveries to 357,291.

Meanwhile, Ryadh Abdul-Amir, head of the Ministry's Public Health Department, said in a press release that "the recovery rate in the country has reached 85 percent and is expected to increase more with medical services in accordance with international treatment protocols."

The ministry has taken some health measures for the winter season, as it is expected that COVID-19 infections would increase, Abdul-Amir said.

He added that the ministry is preparing to add more beds to double the capacity of hospitals.

Abdul-Amir also stressed the importance of wearing masks and maintaining social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus and reduce infections.

Iraq has taken a series of measures to contain the pandemic since February when the first coronavirus case appeared in the country.

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 install 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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