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|2020 coronavirus pandemic in Iraq|
Number of confirmed cases by province as of 31st March 2020
Confirmed cases 1–4
Confirmed cases 5–9
Confirmed cases 10–49
Confirmed cases 50-99
Confirmed cases ≥100
% of Recoveries per no. of confirmed cases by province as of 31st March 2020
|Arrival date||22 February 2020 – present |
(1 month, 1 week and 2 days)
The ongoing 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was first confirmed to have spread to Iraq in February 2020. Cases have been confirmed in all 19 Iraqi Governorates as of the 27 March, with the Iraqi Kurdistan region accounting for 170 of those cases as of March 31st.
During the 2019–20 coronavirus 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 exceeded the hundred mark in both Baghdad and Najaf.
A suspected case in the province of Dhi Qar was reported in Iraq on the 22nd of February, which was later confirmed to be positive according to a local medical centre, but this was denied by the Iraqi Ministry of Health. On the next day, the 24th of February, they reported the first official case in Najaf. The detected case was an Iranian religious studies student in the city of Najaf, some 160 km (99 mi) south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, and this case was confirmed after laboratory tests carried out during the day. By the 29th of February, there were 8 confirmed cases in Iraq.
On the 3rd of March, a 70-year-old Iraqi Islamic preacher, Rashid Abdulrahman, became the first fatality in Iraq due to the outbreak. It was reported that the preacher from Sulaymaniyah district, had chronic heart failure and underlying asthma conditions on top of the coronavirus disease. The next day, his son announced that the preacher had not visited Iran recently.
On the 4th of March, the country's Ministry of Health spokesman Saif Al-Badr also confirmed a second death in Baghdad and 32 cases of the virus. The first recovery was reported on the 6th of March. On the 9th of March, the seventh death was announced, which was the first fatality in Basra. The number of cases had also risen to 67. The next day, two new deaths were reported in Babil and Maysan. Iraqi authorities also announced the closure of Najaf Governorate for a week to non-residents.
By the 10th of March, the figure rose to 71 confirmed cases, as four more people were infected. A total of 15 recoveries were also reported that day by Iraq's Ministry of Health. 11 of the patients in Baghdad and four in Kirkuk Governorate had fully recovered from the infection.
On the 14th of March, two more patients died, increasing the death rate to 10, including the first death of a couple (that had traveled to Iran) in Wasit Governorate. Later, the Health Ministry reported that there was a total of 110 cases, with 26 recoveries.
On the 16th of March, 6 recoveries were reported. There were 9 recoveries on 17 March.
The next day, the number of cases increased to 192 with 28 new cases, which marked the largest increase in a single day. One new death and 8 recoveries were also announced. On the 20th of March, 208 positive cases were confirmed and four new deaths were announced, resulting in a total of 17 deaths. 6 new cases were reported on the 21st of March, which meant that there was a total of 214 positive cases. 2 patients also recovered that day.
On the 22nd of March, three new deaths were confirmed in Baghdad. The death toll increased to 20. There were 6 new recoveries.
On the 23rd of March, three more deaths and five recoveries were reported and the number of cases rose to 266. The Iraqi Ministry of Health announced the first case in Nineveh Governorate, leaving Saladin Governorate as the only Iraqi Governorate without any cases.
30 new cases were announced on the 25th of March and the number of recoveries increased to 89. Included, was the first reported case in the Saladin Governorate of a woman in the town of Ishaqi, thus' confirming the presence of the virus in all 19 Iraqi provinces for the first time.
On the 26th of March, 36 new cases were reported, as well as 7 new deaths and a total of 105 recoveries. The death toll increased to 36 deaths.
On the 27th of March, the first cases were reported in Halabja and Saladin governorates, meaning that all Governorates of Iraq have been infected by COVID-19. The total number of cases increased to 458, after 76 new cases tested positive. The death toll also increased to 40, after four new deaths were confirmed. The number of recovered cases also increased to 122.
On the 28th of March, the total number of cases increased to 506, after 48 new cases tested positive. The death toll also increased to 42, after two new deaths were confirmed. The number of recovered cases also increased to 131.
On the 29th of March, the total number of cases increased to 547, after 41 new cases tested positive. For the first time in a week, the death toll did not see an increase, as no deaths were confirmed. The number of recovered cases also increased to 143.
On the 30th of March, the total number of cases increased to 630, after 48 new cases tested positive. The death toll also increased to 46, after four new deaths were confirmed. The number of recovered cases also increased to 152.
On the 31st of March, the total number of cases increased to 695, after 48 new cases tested positive. The death toll hit the 50 mark, after four new deaths were confirmed. The number of recovered cases also increased to 170.
On the 1st of April, the total number of cases reached 728, with 33 new cases. Two new deaths and 12 new recoveries were also recorded.
Iraq closed its border with Iran in late February, only allowing Iraqi citizens that were returning, after the pandemic in Iran spread. On 27 February, schools, universities and cinemas in Baghdad were closed, and other large public gatherings (including major religious gatherings during Rajab) in cities were banned until 7 March. Between 8 and 16 March, trading with Kuwait was suspended. On 10 March, the Kurdish Regional Government decided to close its border with Iran from 16 March until at least April.
On 13 March, the Kurdish Regional Government imposed a two-day curfew in Erbil and Sulaymaniyah. After the first death in Sheikh Saad, Wasit Governorate, the town placed into temporary lockdown after an elderly couple died from the coronavirus on 14 March. On 15 March, a three-day curfew was imposed in Karbala.
On 15 March, the government announced that all flights to and from Baghdad airport between 17 and 24 March would be suspended. The government also imposed a curfew in the capital, Baghdad, over the same period.
On 18 March, all schools and universities in Baghdad closed for 10 days.
In response to the outbreak in Iraq, Jordan decided to restrict land and air travel with the country on 10 March. Iraq banned travelers from Germany and Qatar from 13 March in attempt to stop the disease from spreading. Travelers from China, France, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, and Thailand were also on the ban list.
Community fear of contagion has prevented mourners from burying their dead.
|Dhi Qar Governorate||6||2||2|
|Total (19 Governorates)||772||54||202|