March 4, 2020 / 9:27 AM / a month ago

Baghdad not confirming Iraq's first coronavirus death

SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraq’s Health Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that it was not clear whether a death reported as Iraq’s first coronavirus death had in fact been from the new virus.

A local health department said earlier on Wednesday that an elderly man in the Kurdish province of Sulaimaniya had succumbed to the disease.

Iraq has so far has recorded around 30 cases of the new coronavirus: one Iranian student who has since been sent home, plus Iraqis who had all visited Iran recently.

Reporting by Ali Sultan and Ahmed Aboulenein and Ulf Laessing; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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