The local health directorate of Karbala city confirmed Wednesday a new death from the novel coronavirus, taking the toll to eight across Iraq.  

“The deceased patient was 68-year-old and passed away last night, hours after he was transferred to the hospital,” the directorate said in a statement.

“Lab analysis confirmed on Wednesday that he was infected with COVID-19,” according to the statement. 

The local directorate stated that “the family of the deceased will be subject to quarantine.”

Last week, Baghdad shut down schools and universities for 10 days and banned travel to virus-hit states as part of its fight

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