Numerous reports and local health experts have warned that Iraq's Covid-19 numbers are not genuine.
Mustafa al Kadhimi was nominated by President Barham Salih, state television reported, shortly after the previous designated prime minister, Adnan al Zurfi, announced he was withdrawing after having failed to secure support to pass a government.
Iraq's health ministry, the only official outlet for information on the coronavirus, dismissed the reports. The ministry said the total number of confirmed cases stands at 772, with 54 deaths.
As the pandemic continues to spread, governments across the Middle East are clamping down on the region's cherished traditions: No more massive weddings and celebrations.
Iraq's president names a former governor of Najaf city Adnan Zurfi as prime minister-designate, following weeks of political infighting.
The last week has seen a renewed spike in rockets hitting Iraqi bases hosting foreign forces, with three coalition troops killed on March 11 in a similar attack on the Taji airbase, which was hit again on March 14.
The US strikes that target Shia militias actually target a branch of the Iraqi Army.
There was no immediate word on casualties at Camp Taji, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.
Three service members were killed, including two Americans, and a dozen more were injured when a barrage of rockets was fired at a military base in Iraq on Wednesday.
Iraq's prime minister-designate announced his withdrawal from the post after failing to secure parliamentary support for his Cabinet selection.
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq said it had received credible allegations of protesters being targeted with hunting rifles, stones and firebombs on the nights of February 14-16, leading to at least 50 injuries.
Mohammed Allawi represents the same establishment protesters want to get rid of, and this is best encapsulated by Moqtada al Sadr's u-turn on the protest movement.
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