The coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of 25 health workers in Iraq since February, the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights said on Tuesday.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, commission member Ali al-Bayati said the disease has sickened 31,136 health workers since the first case of coronavirus was detected.

Fears have been growing across Iraq over the collapse of the country’s health system amid a surge in infections.

Iraq’s confirmed virus cases have reached 79,735, including 3,250 deaths, and 46,998 recoveries.

The government has imposed a partial curfew, banned gatherings and made the wearing of face masks mandatory in an effort to stem the spread of the virus.

*Ibrahim Mukhtar contributed to this news from Ankara

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