BAGHDAD, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi Health Ministry reported on Tuesday 2,292 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total nationwide number to 539,749.
The new cases included 566 in the capital Baghdad, 469 in Kirkuk, 196 in Sulaimaniyah, 169 in Duhok, 135 in Erbil, 131 in Diyala, and 111 in Nineveh, the ministry said in a statement.
The ministry reported 35 new deaths from coronavirus, bringing the death toll in the country to 12,031, the biggest number among Arab countries.
It also reported 2,130 more recovered cases in the country, raising the total recoveries to 469,784.
A total of 3,319,514 tests have been carried out across the country since the outbreak of the disease in February, with 26,504 done during the day, according to the statement.
Meanwhile, the ministry spokesman Sayf al-Badr said in a press release that Iraq is awaiting the approval of vaccines by the International Vaccine Alliance.
Until the vaccines are approved, al-Badr called on citizens "to adhere to health protective measures, as the danger remains despite the high daily recoveries reported by the ministry."
He also called on the media to "continue to raise awareness of the dangers of coronavirus to prompt the citizens to follow health instructions."
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.
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