Iraq reported close to 4,600 new coronavirus cases and 68 more deaths on Friday.

The nationwide death toll now stands at 8,867, according to the Health Ministry.

A total of 4,593 more infections raised the overall case count to 344,699, while the number of recoveries has reached 273,266, the ministry said.

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed more than 984,000 lives in 188 countries and regions since last December.

The US, India, Brazil, and Russia are currently the worst-hit countries.

More than 32.3 million cases have been reported worldwide, while over 22.27 million patients have recovered, according to figures compiled by the US’ Johns Hopkins University.

* Writing by Zehra Nur Duz

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