BAGHDAD, March 4 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi Health Ministry on Wednesday announced second death in one day for a woman infected with COVID-19 in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

The woman was suffering from weak immunity and died despite treatment, the statement said without giving further details.

Earlier in the day, the health authority in Iraq's semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan announced the first death from the novel coronavirus in Iraq for a 70-year-old man.

So far, Iraq has reported 35 COVID-19 cases, with 14 in the capital Baghdad, five in the province of Kirkuk, five in Sulaimaniyah, one in Babil, one in Maysan, four in Najaf, two in Wasit, one in Karbala and two in Diyala.

The Iraqi authorities have been taking a series of precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus after cases were confirmed in the country.