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Two Coronavirus-related Deaths Reported among S. Korean Workers in Iraq

Write: 2020-06-30 09:06:24Update: 2020-06-30 09:35:26

Two Coronavirus-related Deaths Reported among S. Korean Workers in Iraq

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Two South Koreans have now died from possible coronavirus-related causes in Iraq. 

The South Korean Embassy in Iraq said on Sunday in a safety notice on its homepage that of some 250 South Koreans who returned home from Iraq earlier this month on special flights, ten people tested positive for COVID-19. 

The most recent death and infected cases have been confirmed to be related to South Korea's Hanwha Engineering and Construction and its subcontractor working on a massive infrastructure project in the Bismayah region, southeast of Baghdad.

Hanwha confirmed that the head of the subcontractor died on Sunday while receiving treatment for fever and pneumonia since mid-June at a hospital in Baghdad. 

The construction firm said it is awaiting the results of Iraq health authorities' investigation into the cause of the death.

Earlier this month, a South Korean who was working at another South Korean firm in Iraq was declared a coronavirus patient posthumously. The person died after being initially diagnosed with typhoid.

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