The governor of Erbil, capital of the semiautonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, died Wednesday from coronavirus complications, a spokesman for the region's health ministry, Aso Hweizi, told CNN.
Firsat Sofi was infected more than three weeks ago and was transferred for treatment in Turkey, Hweizi said.
Erbil alone recorded 156 cases and nine deaths on Tuesday, the health ministry said. The total number of cases recorded across Iraq that day was 2,961, with 40 deaths.
Iraq is the second worst-hit country in the Middle East with a total of 524,503 recorded cases, according to government data.