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Iraq Reports Highest Daily Spike in Virus Cases

Iraq Reports Highest Daily Spike in Virus Cases

Friday, 29 May, 2020 - 18:00
Healthcare workers on a break in Sadr City, Baghdad, on May 21, 2020. (Reuters)
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Iraq reported on Friday the country's highest single-day spike in confirmed coronavirus cases since late February, when the government began recording cases.

The health ministry said at least 416 new cases were reported on Friday.

The country had given Iraqis a week’s holiday to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Curfew hours had been relaxed during the month of fasting, which contributed to higher daily rates of infection.

According to ministry figures, more than 5,873 people have tested positive for the virus in Iraq. At least 185 people have died.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi ordered a return to full daylong curfews following the end of Ramadan.

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