Iraq confirms first coronavirus death: health official

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Iraq on Wednesday confirmed the first death from the novel coronavirus in the country where a total of 31 cases have been reported.

The deceased 70-year-old religious preacher had been quarantined in the northeastern city of Sulaimaniyah before he died on Wednesday, said a spokesman for the provincial health authority in the region.

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