The Health Ministry in the Islamic republic of Iran has disclosed that two people have died after testing positive for the new coronavirus, being Iran’s first cases of the disease.
According Channels TV, a branch of the State Television, YJC News Agency, reports that the pair who died on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, were Iranian citizens and residents of the holy city of Qom.
They are also the first deaths from the COVID-19 virus in the Middle East and only the seventh and eighth outside China, where the outbreak has killed more than 2,000 people.
State News Agency, IRNA, quoted Kianoush Jahanpour, a ministry spokesman, as saying the virus was detected in two elderly people with immunity problems in Qom, south of the Iranian capital.
IRNA quoted the Ministry’s Spokesman as saying: “Following the recent cases of chronic respiratory diseases in Qom, two of the patients tested positive in preliminary tests; unfortunately, both passed away in the intensive care unit due to old age and issues with their immune system.”
IRNA had earlier quoted Jahanpour as saying that the “new coronavirus” had been confirmed in two people and that other suspected cases were isolated.
The State News Agency also quoted a Media Adviser to Iran’s Health Minister as saying two people had died after testing positive for the Coronavirus.
“Both of the people who had tested positive for coronavirus were in Qom and were old. Both have passed away,” said Alireza Vahabzadeh.