Two Iranians have died in hospital after testing positive for the new coronavirus in the holy Shi’ite city of Qom, the head of the city’s University of Medical Sciences told Mehr news agency on Wednesday, ONA's Tehran bureau reports.
“Two Iranians, who tested positive earlier today for new coronavirus, died of respiratory illness,” the official told Mehr.
Iran’s health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur confirmed their death on Twitter.
Authorities have confirmed first two cases of the new coronavirus in Iran, ONA reports citing ISNA news agency.
The report on Wednesday did not elaborate on the nationality of the two people infected by the virus.
ISNA 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 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.