COVID-19 pandemic in Iraq

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COVID-19 pandemic in Iraq
Qayara Airfield West transfer, March 2020.jpg
Iraqi security forces wearing sick masks during the transfer of an airfield in March 2020.
Number of confirmed cases by province (as of 3rd April 2020).jpg
Number of confirmed cases by province as of 8th May 2020[1]
  Confirmed cases 1–9
  Confirmed cases 10–49
  Confirmed cases 50-99
  Confirmed cases 100-199
  Confirmed cases ≥200
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakQom, Iran
Index caseNajaf
Arrival date22 February 2020 – present
(1 year, 5 months, 1 week and 5 days)
Confirmed cases3,032
Active cases918
Government website

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic was first confirmed to have spread to Iraq in February 2020.

Cases[change | change source]

Cases have been confirmed in all 19 Iraqi Governorates as of the 27 March, with the Iraqi Kurdistan region having 309 (26%) of those cases as of 8 April.[2]

During the pandemic, Iraq reported its first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infections on 22 February 2020 in Najaf.[3] By April, the number of confirmed cases had pass the hundred mark in Baghdad, Basra, Sulaymaniyah, Erbil and Najaf.[1]

Testing[change | change source]

As of the 7 April, 28,414 tests have been done in Iraq as a whole (including the Kurdistan Region), with 1202 of them turning out positive.

Weakness[change | change source]

Iraq is thought to be especially vulnerable to the epidemic due to being weakened by the Iraq war and United Nations sanctions, by sectarian conflict and the rise of Islamic State over the past three decades.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "وزارة الصحة العراقية". Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  2. "Covid-19 situation update in Iraqi Kurdistan".
  3. "Iraq announces 1st case of COVID-19 in Najaf - World -".
  4. "The medical crisis that's aggravating Iraq's unrest". Reuters. 2 March 2020. Retrieved 7 April 2020.