SULAYMANIYAH, IRAQ - SEPTEMBER 03: Patients suffering from coronavirus rest at the Jmhuriyah hospital on September 03, 2020 in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq. On September 4, Iraq recorded 5,036 coronavirus cases, its biggest daily increase since the start of the outbreak.  The surge has prompted warnings from Iraq's health minister and WHO that the country could be on the verge of a health crisis as pressure mounts on the already strained healthcare system. Since the first case was recorded in February, Iraq has recorded 252,075 total cases and 7,359 deaths. (Photo by Hawre Khalid/Getty Images)
Covid-19 patients in Iraq. The country has recorded its first death from black fungus infection, a rare disease linked to the overuse of steroids in the treatment of the coronavirus. Getty Images

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