ERBIL — The government of Iraq on Friday warned of a possible 5th wave of COVID-19 after health authorities recorded over 1,000 new cases in 24 hours only.
“The daily positivity rate is increasing very quickly, as it was 6 percent two days ago and became 14 percent today. A week ago it was 3 percent," Riyadh Abdul-Amir, head of the ministry's Public Health Department, told the INA.
“The dangerous hike hints at the coming of the fifth wave that may be severe," Abdul-Amir said, arguing that people’s rejection of vaccination is sought to be reason for the surge.
Revealing that nearly 11 million Iraqis are already fully vaccinated, the official stated that no cases of serious complications from COVID-19 have yet been recorded among those who have received the vaccine.
Iraq, with a population of over 40 million, reported 1,328 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, raising the nationwide caseload to 2,336,764. The daily case number was below 400 one week ago.