The new cases included 172 in the capital Baghdad, 102 in Sulaimaniyah, 41 in Wasit, 38 in Maysan, 22 in Basra, 13 in Muthanna, 11 in Karbala, eight in Diwaniyah, six in Najaf and Nineveh each, four in Babil and Diyala each and two in Duhok, the ministry said in a statement.
The statement also reported 10 more deaths, seven of them in Baghdad’s hospitals and one in Anbar, Maysan and Sulaimaniyah each, bringing the death toll in the country to 215.
Meanwhile, Iraqi Minister of Health Hassan al-Tamimi said in a separate statement that the health situation is under control, and the ministry is exerting every effort to curb the virus.
“The percentage of beds occupied in the hospitals across the country is five percent of their full capacity,” Tamimi said, noting the health system has the ability to absorb more COVID-19 cases.
“The ministry started to increase the number of beds in various provinces,” he added.
The committee ordered the security forces to tighten the health restrictions through preventing all forms of gatherings that contribute to the spread of the virus.
Since March 7, China has sent three batches of medical aid to Iraq.