Iranian mayor tests positive for coronavirus with new cases reported

An Iranian woman wearing a protective mask walks in a street in the capital Tehran on February 20,2020. (AFP)
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Updated 22 February 2020

Iranian mayor tests positive for coronavirus with new cases reported

  • The total number of confirmed cases in Iran is 18, with 5 deaths
  • Iraqi government advised citizens against traveling to Iran

DUBAI: An Iranian official has tested positive for coronavirus, state TV reported on Saturday.
Morteza Rahmanzadeh, the mayor of district 13 of the capital Tehran, was hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms on Friday, according to state TV.

Iran on Saturday reported one more death among 10 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths in the Islamic republic to five and infections to 28.
“We have 10 new confirmed cases of COVID-19,” health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said on state television.
“One of the new cases has unfortunately passed away,” he added, noting that eight of them had been hospitalised in Qom and two in Tehran, without specifying where the death occurred.
The COVID-19 outbreak first emerged in Iran on Wednesday, when officials said it killed two elderly people in Qom, a Shiite holy city south of the capital.
They were the first confirmed deaths from the disease in the Middle East.
Since then, Iran has carried out tests on 785 suspected cases, Jahanpour said.
“Most of the cases are either Qom residents or have a history of coming and going from Qom to other cities,” the health ministry spokesman said.
Qom is a centre for Islamic studies and pilgrims, attracting scholars from Iran and beyond. An official said the first two victims, who were Qom residents, had not left Iran.
Following the announcement of the deaths, neighbouring Iraq on Thursday clamped down on travel to and from the Islamic republic, with its health ministry announcing people in Iran were barred from entering the country "until further notice".
Kuwait's national carrier Kuwait Airways also announced it would suspend all flights to Iran.
The coronavirus, which originated in China, has spread to a growing number of countries and has now been reported in several Iranian cities. Five infected people in Iran have died.

 


UAE announces one death, 240 new cases of coronavirus

Updated 37 min 52 sec ago

UAE announces one death, 240 new cases of coronavirus

  • A 51-year-old Asian man who had underlying health problems has died of coronavirus

DUBAI: The UAE announced 240 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,264.
The health ministry also announced the death of a 51-year-old Asian man who had underlying health problems, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to nine.
The ministry added that 12 patients had recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of patients who have recovered to 108.

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