Iraq reports 2,114 new COVID-19 cases, 552,549 in total

By Jamal

BAGHDAD, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi Health Ministry reported on Monday 2,114 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total nationwide infections to 552,549.

It also reported 34 new deaths and 1,771 more recovered cases in the country, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 12,258 and the total recoveries to 482,674.

Meanwhile, a separate statement by the ministry's media office said that Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi held a meeting in his office with a government committee tasked with strengthening health-protective measures and awareness to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The meeting reviewed the ministry's plans for storing and distributing vaccines after their approval by international health organizations, in addition to reviewing the ministry's health-protective plan for students and teachers as the new school year started on Sunday, according to the statement.

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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