COVID-19 pandemic in Iraq
|COVID-19 pandemic in Iraq|
|First outbreak||Qom, Iran|
|Arrival date||22 February 2020 – present |
(3 years, 2 months, 3 weeks and 1 day)
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.
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 passed the hundred mark in Baghdad, Basra, Sulaymaniyah, Erbil and Najaf.
Testing[change | change source]
As of 7 April, 28,414 tests had been done in Iraq (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.
References[change | change source]
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "وزارة الصحة العراقية". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
- ↑ "Covid-19 situation update in Iraqi Kurdistan". gov.krd/coronavirus-en. Archived from the original on 2021-01-14. Retrieved 2020-05-14.
- ↑ "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.