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Iraq records 12,185 coronavirus cases in highest daily increase

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A health worker prepares a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during a vaccination in Baghdad, Iraq May 22, 2021. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily

BAGHDAD, July 27 (Reuters) - Iraq recorded its biggest daily increase in coronavirus infections on Tuesday with 12,185 cases, taking its total so far to 1,577,013, the health ministry said.

It reported 71 fatalities to take its coronavirus death toll to 18,418, official data published by the health ministry showed.

The daily tally of cases has been rising since marking the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, which traditionally includes social gatherings where infections could spread and as many Iraqis flout safety and health measures.

The health ministry said on Tuesday that 1,480,784 people have been vaccinated so far.

Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Editing by Alison Williams

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