Covid-19 cases surge in Iraq as health ministry blames non-compliance by the public

New Covid-19 cases reported in Iraq. Seven-day running average, day by day during the past two months

Iraq reported 1,006 new Covid-19 cases on Friday — by far the highest number since the epidemic began.

Throughout March and April Iraq’s official figures showed the virus spreading surprisingly slowly and it wasn’t until mid-May that the daily count of new cases rose above 100.