Two people have been reported dead after being infected by the lethal coronavirus in the central city of Qom, Iran. On Wednesday there had been no reports or or confirmed cases of the illness. The two Iranians who tested positive earlier today, died of repository illness. Iran is now the 28th country to report casings of a coronavirus infection, according to the Centre for Disease Control data, ran by John Hopkins University.
Irans Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur confirmed their deaths via Twitter. He states that they died due to their deficient immune systems and old age’. They were both Iranian nationals, one being a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war and the second one being a victim of Saddam Husseins chemical attacks.
A major new agency in Iran, ISNA quoted an official who is in the country’s health ministry, Kiyanoush Jahanpour, saying that over the past two days ‘some new suspected cases have been found and put in isolation’. A official amount was not given by Mr. Jahanpour nor was other information given apart from saying they had not travelled abroad or even outside the Qom province.
The agency later said that universities and schools in the vicinity would be closing on Thursday as a precaution against further spread of the disease. Reports have been leaked stating that 25 more people could have the disease. They have been quarantined in the same hospital in Qom.
The World Health Organisation said there had been 75,197 reported cases and 2009 related deaths. The Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of the WHO states that data from China appeared to show a decline in new cases.
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