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Kurdistan Region logs highest single-day COVID-19 rise in months

  2021-04-19  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Patients are treated at a health center for coronavirus-related infections somewhere in the Kurdistan Region. Photo by Anadolu Agency (A.A.)
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Health said on Monday (April 19) it had officially recorded 1,277 new coronavirus cases in the Kurdistan Region in the past 24 hours. 

606 of the cases were recorded in Duhok governorate, 335 in Sulaimani, 256 in Erbil, 59 in Garmian administration, seventeen in Raparin and fourteen in Halabja. 

Fourteen of the coronavirus-related patients died of the contagious lung disease and 716 patients recovered in the same period. 
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.

The KRG Committee to Combat Coronavirus task force have announced several measures recently to combat the contagious pandemic., including a nightly curfew from 8pm to 6am until April 12. 

The health officials have fostered the people to vaccinate to immunize against the COVID-19.

On Sunday, KRG Minister of Health Saman Barzjni said that 85 percent of the vaccine doses recently arrived in the Region were administered to the prioritized groups and people who previously applied to get vaccinated through the ministry's pre-registration application portal. 

Overall, there have been 140,573 officially-logged cases. Out of that, 118,168 have recovered and 3,890 have died.

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.

The numbers may be an undercount due to limits in tests and not all patients and death are logged. 

(Zhyan News Network)