Iraq reports 5,043 new COVID-19 cases, 713,994 in total

2021-03-04 17:35:52 GMT2021-03-05 01:35:52(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BAGHDAD, March 4 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi Ministry of Health reported on Thursday 5,043 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total nationwide infections to 713,994.

The new cases included 1,729 in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, 972 in Basra, 465 in Najaf, 275 in Qadisiyah, and 269 in Karbala, while the remaining cases were detected in other provinces, the ministry said in a statement.

It also reported 24 new deaths, raising the death toll to 13,507, while the total recoveries in Iraq climbed by 3,396 to 650,015.

A total of 7,008,505 tests have been carried out across the country since the outbreak of the disease, with 45,235 done during the day.

Sayf al-Badr, spokesman of the health ministry, said in a press release that, as the infections surpassed 5,000 a day during the last two days, the ministry may recommend strict preventive measures to the Iraqi Higher Committee for Health and National Safety led by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

On Tuesday, Iraq received a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese government to help combat the pandemic. Enditem