Iran Reports Two Cases Test Positive for Coronavirus

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 16:29

Kianoush Jahanpour, head of the Iranian health ministry’s public relations department, has announced that two people in Iran tested positive Wednesday for the new coronavirus.

According to the Fars news agency, Kianoush Jahanpour said that the cases were detected in the holy city of Qom, south of the Iranian capital.

ISNA news agency quoted an official in the country’s health ministry, Kiyanoush Jahanpour, as saying that “since last two days, some suspected cases of the new coronavirus were found.”

The virus, which originated in China, has claimed over 2,000 lives. Iran had earlier suspended all flights to China in an effort to curb the spread of the disease.

The new virus comes from a large family of what are known as coronaviruses, some causing nothing worse than a cold. It causes cold- and flu-like symptoms, including cough and fever, and in more severe cases, shortness of breath. It can worsen to pneumonia, which can be fatal.

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