Thu, 15 Apr 2021

BAGHDAD, April 7 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi Ministry of Health reported on Wednesday 8,331 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily count since the outbreak of the pandemic, raising the total infections to 895,622.

It also said 37 new deaths were recorded during the day, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 14,572, while the total recoveries in Iraq climbed by 5,020 to 794,444.

A total of 8,331,013 tests have been carried out across the country since the outbreak of the disease in February 2020, with 49,588 done during the day, the ministry said.

It said 8,525 people were vaccinated during the past 24 hours across the country, bringing the total number of doses received to 118,670.

Meanwhile, spokesman of the ministry Sayf al-Badr said in a press release that the recent increase in coronavirus infections was "expected," stressing the epidemiological situation is still under control.

"The Ministry of Health previously warned of the possibility of an increase in coronavirus infections, and the recent increase was expected," al-Badr said.

"The health institutions can deal with this increase, and we have thousands of hospital beds ready to receive these cases of the pandemic," he pointed out, stressing that "the current health situation is under control."

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, and Sputnik V vaccines.

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