Iraq reports 3,543 new COVID-19 cases, 692,241 in total

The Iraqi Ministry of Health reported 3,543 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the total nationwide infections to 692,241.

It also reported in a statement 18 new deaths, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 13,383, while the total recoveries in Iraq climbed by 2,820 to 632,998.

A total of 6,810,718 tests have been carried out across the country since the outbreak of the disease in February 2020, with 36,736 done during the day.

In another statement, the ministry said a batch of China-donated Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines would arrive in the capital city of Baghdad on Monday.

The Iraqi National Board for Selection of Drugs has approved the emergency use of China’s Sinopharm and Britain’s AstraZeneca vaccines to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

China has been helping Iraq in its fight against the pandemic.

From March 7 to April 26 in 2020, a Chinese team of seven medical experts spent 50 days in Iraq to help fight the disease, during which they helped build a PCR lab and install an advanced CT scanner in Baghdad.

China has also sent batches of medical aid to Iraq.