As coronavirus infections continue, Iraq announces recovery of 15 patients

Iraq's Ministry of Health and Environment on Tuesday announced the full recovery of 15 individuals who had previously been infected with the coronavirus in the provinces of Baghdad and Kirkuk.
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ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iraq's Ministry of Health and Environment on Tuesday announced the full recovery of 15 individuals who had previously been infected with the coronavirus.

“Health directorate laboratories confirmed the recovery of fifteen individuals infected with the coronavirus, 11 of them in Baghdad and four of them in Kirkuk governorate,” said ministry spokesperson Saif al-Badr.

He added, “The Ministry of Health and Environment affirms its commitment to international health regulations to deal with confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus, and the remaining patients continue to receive required health care in ministry health facilities.”

There have so far been 69 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Iraq, 15 of them in the Kurdistan Region, and a total of seven deaths.  

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The disease has killed over 4,250 people worldwide and has infected over 118,000 in more than 100 countries. 

While the coronavirus outbreak has reportedly slowed in mainland China where it first appeared, the number of cases is growing in Europe and also Iran, a new epicenter for the virus.

Earlier in the day, Iraq’s Council of Ministers issued a set of decisions aimed at stemming the rising numbers of COVID-19 infections, calling on its citizens to avoid traveling outside of Iraq and between cities and provinces unless it is absolutely necessary.

Furthermore, the Iraqi government has prevented gatherings in all their forms, including visits to religious pilgrimage sites, tourism dollars from which are an important part of Iraq's economy.

Also on Tuesday, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region Masrour Barzani chaired a cabinet meeting to discuss the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the autonomous region.

Read More: Kurdistan PM, cabinet discuss economic implications of coronavirus

“The Prime Minister called on all peoples and parties in the Kurdistan Region to abide by the instructions issued by the government to keep the public safe,” he stated, according to Prime Minister’s press office.

“The implications of coronavirus are not limited to public health, but also affect the economy of the Kurdistan Region, Iraq and the wider world.”

Editing by John J. Catherine