Iraq reports 1,134 new COVID-19 cases, 628,550 in total

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BAGHDAD, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi Health Ministry reported on Sunday 1,134 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 628,550.

The new cases included 177 in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, 261 in Najaf, 123 in Basra, 120 in Wasit, and 87 in Karbala, while the other cases were detected in other provinces, the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry also reported nine new deaths, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 13,120, while the total recoveries in Iraq climbed by 1,026 to 600,193.

A total of 5,931,926 tests have been carried out across the country since the outbreak of the disease in February 2020, with 39,221 done during the day, according to the statement.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Minister of Health Hassan al-Tamimi told the official Iraqi News Agency (INA) that the ministry would present new recommendations to the Higher Committee for Health and National Safety, headed by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, to control the spread of the virus.

The recommendations will include preventing gatherings such as collective prayers in mosques, wedding and funeral ceremonies, and imposing rules on wearing masks when visiting holy shrines, the INA said.

Al-Tamimi also underscored the necessity of tightening restriction measures, especially in malls, markets, schools, and universities, calling on the government institutions to ban entry of visitors without wearing a mask.

Iraq has taken a series of measures to curb the pandemic since the first coronavirus case appeared in the country in February 2020.

On Thursday, the Chinese Embassy in Iraq said the Chinese government donated 50,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Iraq.

Earlier, the Iraqi Ministry of Health said the Iraqi National Board for Selection of Drugs had approved the emergency use of China's Sinopharm and Britain's AstraZeneca vaccines to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

From March 7 to April 26 in 2020, 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.

China has also sent three batches of medical aid to Iraq. Enditem

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