Iran Announces 3 Cases of New Corona Outbreak Infection

Februari 21, 2020
Iran Announces 3 Cases of New Corona Outbreak Infection - The Iranian government announced three cases of corona virus infection on Thursday (20/2) in the holy city of Qom. This case makes Iran have five cases of corona infection, with two of them declared dead. The three patients who were positive for the corona virus were Iranians living in Qom. They are known to be infected after visiting the city of Arak, Iran. Iran's Deputy Minister of Health, Mohammad Mahdi Gouya, said the three patients had no contact with Chinese citizens. Citing the Associated Press,

the Iranian government is currently conducting an investigation to find out the source of its spread. One possibility is infection from pilgrims from Pakistan or other countries visiting Qom.

The official IRNA news agency said the findings of the corona case made schools and universities stop their activities. A number of Shia religious seminars were also canceled.

Iran previously sent home about 60 students from Wuhan, the central city of the spread of Covid-19.

Health Minister Saeed Namaki said 60 students returning from Wuhan had been quarantined for 14 days and were declared healthy.

Iran previously said two patients infected with corona had died. Both were the first corona cases and exhaled after testing positive for corona on Wednesday (19/2).

The  YJC news agency  said the two victims were Iranians and residents of the holy city of Qom, south of Tehran. They are also the first deaths from the corona virus in the Middle East.

A ministry spokesman said the two victims were elderly citizens with immune problems. They died while undergoing intensive care at the hospital.

"Following chronic respiratory disease, two patients tested positive in the preliminary test," he was quoted as saying by the IRNA news agency as reported by  AFP on Thursday (20/2).

Qom is a popular destination for Shi'ite Muslim studies for the people of Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Azerbaijan. Qom is located about 140 kilometers south of the capital city of Tehran.

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