COVID-19 pandemic in Iraq
|COVID-19 pandemic in Iraq|
Iraqi security forces wearing sick masks during the transfer of an airfield in March 2020.
Number of confirmed cases by province as of 8th May 2020
Confirmed cases 1–9 Confirmed cases 10–49 Confirmed cases 50-99 Confirmed cases 100-199Confirmed cases ≥200
|First outbreak||Qom, Iran|
|Arrival date||22 February 2020 – present |
Cases[change | change source]
During the pandemic, Iraq reported its first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infections on 22 February 2020 in Najaf. By April, the number of confirmed cases had pass the hundred mark in Baghdad, Basra, Sulaymaniyah, Erbil and Najaf.
Testing[change | change source]
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.
References[change | change source]
- "وزارة الصحة العراقية". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
- "Covid-19 situation update in Iraqi Kurdistan". gov.krd/coronavirus-en.
- "Iraq announces 1st case of COVID-19 in Najaf - World - Chinadaily.com.cn". www.chinadaily.com.cn.
- "The medical crisis that's aggravating Iraq's unrest". Reuters. 2 March 2020. Retrieved 7 April 2020.