First death from coronavirus confirmed in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

Iraq, people at a border with Iran are being tested to know their body temperatures, February 2020. Photo: Health Directorate Media


The first death from coronavirus confirmed in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The person was 63 years old and was a preacher, according to the Health Ministry of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

The person was tested positive this morning, increasing the confirmed cases in the Kurdistan region to six and 32 in Iraq as a whole.

On Tuesday, the ministry of health of KRG, in its meeting with the foreign representatives in Erbil, asked the international community for help  to prevent the outbreak of the virus in the region.

Saman Hussein Barznji, the minister of health, earlier announced in a press conference that more than two thousand and 400 people have been quarantined in different cities, districts, and subdistricts of the region.

Most of the infected people have recently come back from Iran

The first cases of the virus were recorded on February 25. The cases were four members of a family who visited the Iranian Qom city for 15 days.

An Iranian citizen was infected by the virus in the city of Najaf but was later transported to Iran.

The 32 cases have been confirmed in the city of Baghdad, Kirkuk, Sulaimaniyah, Najaf, Maysan, Babil, Wasit, and Karbala.

The educational institutions, including schools and universities, are closed, and working hours at the governmental directorates have been reduced as preventative measures against the further outbreak of the virus.

Worldwide, 93 thousand people have been infected by the virus. More than 50 thousand of them recovered from the virus while more than three thousand people died.

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