Coronavirus: Iran reports two deaths

The new coronavirus has killed two elderly Iranian citizens, according to Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency.

IRNA quoted an adviser to the country’s health minister as saying both of the victims had been carrying the coronavirus and were located in Qom, about 140 kilometres (86 miles) south of the capital Tehran.

Earlier on Wednesday, Iranian authorities had confirmed two cases of the new virus, the first in the country.

Officials later said the two patients had died.

a man in a military uniform: A nurse prepares medicines for patients at Jinyintan Hospital in Wuhan, in central China’s Hubei province (Chinatopix via AP)© Provided by PA Media A nurse prepares medicines for patients at Jinyintan Hospital in Wuhan, in central China’s Hubei province (Chinatopix via AP)

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

The virus causes the illness that the World Health Organisation recently named Covid-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it.

The new virus emerged in China in December.

Since then, more than 70,000 people have been infected globally, with more than 2,000 deaths being reported, mostly in China.

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.

a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: People wear face masks in a business district in Hong Kong (Kin Cheung/AP)© Provided by PA Media People wear face masks in a business district in Hong Kong (Kin Cheung/AP)First detected in China, the virus is believed to have originated in a type of wild animal sold at a Chinese market to be consumed as food.

Iran has applied safety measures on arrival flights at its airports to control a possible spread of the virus.

Elsewhere in the Middle East, nine cases have been confirmed in the United Arab Emirates, seven of them Chinese nationals, one Indian and one Filipino, while Egypt’s Health Ministry confirmed its first case last Friday.

Security staff checks on the temperature of a student entering a university, as public fear over China's Wuhan Coronavirus grows, on February 3, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine government has been heavily criticized after failing to immediately implement travel restrictions on China, the source of a deadly coronavirus that has now killed more than 300 people and infected thousands more. On Sunday, the first coronavirus death outside of China was reported in the Philippines. (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)© 2020 Getty Images Security staff checks on the temperature of a student entering a university, as public fear over China’s Wuhan Coronavirus grows, on February 3, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine government has been heavily criticized after failing to immediately implement travel restrictions on China, the source of a deadly coronavirus that has now killed more than 300 people and infected thousands more. On Sunday, the first coronavirus death outside of China was reported in the Philippines. (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)Egypt’s Health Ministry only identified its sole case as a foreigner who is carrying the virus but not showing any serious symptoms.

The ministry said the person was in hospital and in isolation.

a group of people standing in front of a sign: A volunteer wearing a face mask stands at a neighbourhood checkpoint in Beijing, China (Sam McNeil/AP)© Provided by PA Media A volunteer wearing a face mask stands at a neighbourhood checkpoint in Beijing, China (Sam McNeil/AP)It did not specify the person’s nationality or what port of entry he or she arrived at in Egypt.

The case in Egypt was also the first on the African continent.

Experts and African leaders have expressed concern that should the virus spread there, it might wreak havoc among less developed countries with fewer health resources.

Source: Pa.media

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