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Iraq sees record daily cases as testing widens

AP , Tuesday 2 Jun 2020
Iraq
A medical worker dressed in PPE (personal protective equipment) adjusts her latex gloves as she prepares to take swabs from subjects being tested for COVID-19 coronavirus disease, in the 5-Miles district of Iraq's southern Basra on June 2, 2020 AFP
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Iraq's Health Ministry is reporting a record-breaking single-day spike in confirmed coronavirus cases that it says resulted from increased testing.

At least 519 new cases were confirmed Tuesday, bringing the country's total to 7,387, according to a statement from the Health Ministry. Iraq has reported a total of 235 virus-related deaths.

The number of confirmed cases in Iraq tripled in the last two weeks as more people were tested. Thousands more are being tested on a daily basis, according to daily government reports. The Health Ministry said at least 3,000 were tested nationwide in the previous 24 hours.

Since he was sworn in last month, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has reinforced full-day curfews, prohibited non-essential businesses from operating and banned large crowds from gathering.

Iraq faces shortages of hospital beds and ventilators. Health professionals have warned that a flareup in cases could be catastrophic for the country's health system.

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