Iraq has recorded its highest single-day rise in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, prompting authorities to warn hospitals may “lose control” in the coming days.

According to the Iraqi health ministry, 5,036 new coronavirus infections were confirmed bringing the total number of cases across the country to 252,075, with a death toll of 7,359.

The health ministry attributed the spike to recent “large gatherings” that took place without recommended safety measures, including mask-wearing or social distancing.

“The number of cases is expected to escalate further in the coming days, which we fear will lead our health institutions to lose control as they try to deal with these large numbers,” its statement said.

In June doctors had warned that a surge in cases is imminent and that the healthcare system is close to collapse.



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