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Iraqi transport minister tests positive for coronavirus

Bandar is first minister in Iraqi government to have contacted the virus

Ibrahim Saleh   | 17.06.2020
Iraqi transport minister tests positive for coronavirus

BAGHDAD

Iraq's Transport Minister Nasser Bandar and his family have tested positive for coronavirus, an Iraqi medical source said on Wednesday.


"Tests confirmed that the minister and his family have contracted the disease," the source said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.


Bandar is the first minister in the Iraqi government to have contracted the virus.


Two female lawmakers had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.


Iraqi health authorities have so far confirmed 22,700 cases, including 712 deaths, from the disease.


*Bassel Ibrahim contributed to this report from Ankara

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