BAGHDAD, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi Health Ministry on Thursday confirmed that there are a total of 83 COVID-19 cases across the country, including the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan.
A statement by the ministry confirmed six new cases, five in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and one in Najaf.
It confirmed a total of 83 cases of COVID-19 in the country, of whom eight have died and 24 recovered.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi Health Minister Jaafar Sadiq Allawi called on all citizens and governmental and non-governmental institutions to be cautious and implement all recommendations issued by the Ministry of Health accurately in order to avoid a health disaster in Iraq.
The Iraqi authorities have been taking a series of precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19.
On Saturday night, a Chinese team of experts arrived in Baghdad.
The team, which was sent to Iraq by the Red Cross Society of China, includes seven experts from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The team is expected to stay in Iraq for one month to help the government tackle COVID-19.