Iraq reports over 12,000 COVID-19 infections, new daily high: Health ministry

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Iraq has recorded 12,180 COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said Monday, the highest number the country has detected in a day so far in the pandemic.

More than 1.5 million people have now tested positive and 18,347 have officially died of COVID-19 in Iraq, where the health infrastructure is dilapidated and much of the 40 million population remains skeptical of vaccines.

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Meanwhile, health authorities in neighboring Iran said on Monday that the daily COVID-19 caseload crossed the 30,000 mark for the first time, marking a second record daily high within a week.

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