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.