Iraq reports 2,110 new COVID-19 cases, 83,867 in total

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BAGHDAD, July 15 (Xinhua) — Iraqi Health Ministry on Wednesday recorded 2,110 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 83,867.

The ministry reported 87 more deaths, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 3,432.

It also said that 1,839 people recovered during the day, bringing the total recoveries from the disease to 52,621.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi confirmed in a statement that the makeshift hospital at the site of Baghdad International Fair in the west of the capital has been fully prepared and is ready to receive coronavirus patients.

“The site is ready to open after being equipped with all the medical and preventive supplies, respirators, and testing laboratories for the people infected with COVID-19 to provide advanced health services to the patients,” al-Tamimi said during his visit to the vast site.

The ministry frequently attributed the recent increase of COVID-19 infections to the lack of public compliance to the health instructions and stronger testing capacity with the increase of labs in Baghdad and other provinces.

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, Iraq has been taking measures to contain the pandemic.

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 sent three batches of medical aid to Iraq. Enditem

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