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Four mutant variants of COVID-19 recorded in Sulaimani: official

  2021-03-26  | 
 Zhyan News Network
File Photo - Head of Sulaimani General Health Directorate Sabah Hawrami (File)
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Head of Sulaimani General Health Directorate Sabah Hawrami said on Friday (March 26) that four new mutant strains of COVID-19 pathogen have been recorded in Sulaimani governorate. 

Hawrami said in a statement on his Facebook page that caseloads from new strains have been being recorded since November 2020.

There has have been spikes in the COVID-19 cases in the Region and Iraq following the emergence of new strains of the pathogen globally, especially the UK and South African variants.

On Thursday, 106 new COVID-19 infections and 60 recoveries were logged in Sulaimani governorate. 

Overall, there have been 33,926 cases of the disease in Sulaimani, 30,356 have recovered and 1,733 have died.

The Kurdistan Region’s health ministry logged 601 new coronavirus cases, five new deaths and 222 recoveries over the past 24 hours. Overall, there have been 117,412 officially-logged cases in the Region. Out of that, 107,640 have recovered and 3,622 have died.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) gifted 9,050 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test kits and 9,050 viral transport media, worth over $100.000 purchased by Kuwait. 

(Zhyan English)