ANKARA

Iraq on Wednesday confirmed the first death from the coronavirus in the country, according to local health authorities.    

In a statement, the Health Ministry of Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq said a 63-year-old man, who tested positive for the coronavirus in Suleymaniyeh province, died on Wednesday. 

The Iraqi authorities confirmed 32 cases of coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19. 

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

The global death toll from coronavirus has crossed 3,000, with more than 89,000 infected. 

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