Iraq reports 5,837 new COVID-19 cases, 838,265 in total

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BAGHDAD, March 29 (Xinhua) — The Iraqi Ministry of Health reported on Monday 5,837 new coronavirus cases, raising the total nationwide infections to 838,265.

The ministry also reported 37 new deaths, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 14,249, while the total recoveries in Iraq climbed by 4,500 to 750,435.

A total of 7,950,275 tests have been carried out across the country since the outbreak of the disease in February 2020, with 41,897 done during the day.

Meanwhile, member of the parliamentary health committee Ghaiyb al-Omairi told the official Iraqi News Agency that there are concerns that the country will reach a dangerous stage and the health system could collapse if non-compliance with health-protective measures continues.

“The epidemiological situation is under control so far, but if the daily increase in coronavirus infections continues during the upcoming few days, the parliamentary health committee may present recommendations to the Higher Committee for Health and National Safety to impose strict preventive measures,” al-Omairi said.

Iraq has taken a series of measures to curb the recent rise in infections after the health ministry announced on Feb. 15 the detection of a new strain characterized by faster transmission and a higher level of severity.

On March 2, Iraq received a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese government to help combat the pandemic.

The Iraqi National Board for Selection of Drugs has approved the emergency use of the Sinopharm vaccines, in addition to AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Sputnik V vaccines. Enditem

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