Iraq reports 1,606 new COVID-19 cases, lowest since July

By Jamal

BAGHDAD, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi Health Ministry reported on Saturday 1,606 new COVID-19 cases, raising the number of nationwide infections to 548,821.

The new cases included 508 in the capital Baghdad, 201 in Nineveh, 194 in Kirkuk, and 139 in Duhok, the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry also reported 33 new deaths and 2,240 recovered cases in the country, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 12,200 and the total recoveries to 478,537.

A total of 3,431,953 tests have been carried out across the country since the outbreak of the disease in February, with 24,031 done during the day, according to the statement.

It is worth noting that Saturday's increase is the lowest since July, as the ministry recorded daily COVID-19 cases between 2,000 and 5,000 during this period, except for Nov. 21 and 22 when the ministry reported 1,786 and 1,766 respectively.

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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