Coronavirus hits Iran: report

By Atta Ur Rehman Khan - Web Editor & Columnist

19th February, 2020

TEHRAN: Iran’s Health Ministry confirmed the first two cases of coronavirus in the country on Wednesday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said the two cases were confirmed in Qom city, south of Tehran.

According to the sources of Anadolu Agency, A number of suspected cases were also quarantined in the same city in the past two days, he said. He, however, did not reveal the nationalities of the confirmed cases.

On Wednesday, China’s National Health Commission said the coronavirus death toll in the country was up to 2,005, and 136 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours.

Over 75,000 cases have been confirmed in China and other countries, including the U.S., UK, Singapore, France, Russia, Spain, and India.

The number of people under observation in China is over 135,000 and nearly 12,000 are said to be in serious condition.

15 coronavirus cases reported in United States

Earlier today, Special Assistant on National Health Services, Dr Zafar Mirza said there isn’t a single case of coronavirus found in country.

He chaired a meeting of coronavirus emergency core group in Islamabad.

He said National Action Plan (NAP) fully implemented to keep Pakistan safe from coronavirus.

Chairing a meeting the PM’ aide reiterated that there no coronavirus case in the country.

He said that strong mechanism put in place at all the airports to ensure screening of the passengers coming from abroad.


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