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19 cases of COVID-19 variant confirmed in Koya

  2021-04-04  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Kurdish health employees wearing a protective suit sprays disinfectant to sanitize an Erbil street during a curfew imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Photo/Health Ministry
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Nineteen cases of COVID-19 variant were confirmed in the town of Koya on Sunday (March 4), Koya Directorate of Health said. 

Several Koya residents took tests on Saturday (March 3) and results for 19 people were positive for new mutant strains of COVID-19 pathogen, the directorate said.

It advised Koya residents to adhere to the anti-virus precautions including masking, distancing and sanitation.

There 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 Saturday, 218 new COVID-19 infections and 93 recoveries were logged in Erbil governorate.

Medical experts suggest COVID-19 variant which was first found in the United Kingdom, may be up to 70 per cent more transmissible than the old variant.

The Kurdistan Region recorded the first coronavirus cases on March 1 last year and the cases were climbing before declining to just few tens.

The highest daily infections were logged on October 27 with 1,597 cases.

(Zhyan News Netowrk)