Iran deputy health minister has coronavirus

Iranian women wear protective masks to prevent contracting a coronavirus as they walk at Grand Bazaar in Tehran Iran

Abbassi gave the same death toll in reports by Fars news agency and the Young Journalists Club, a branch of state television, but they quoted him as saying there were "around" 47 infections.

At the conference, Harirchi denied a lawmaker's claim that 50 people have died from the virus in the Shiite shrine city of Qom, saying he would "resign" if the number proves true.

Minoo Mohraz, a Health Ministry official, said on February 21 that the virus may have spread from Chinese workers working in Qom, where a Chinese company has been building a solar-power plant.

The number of coronavirus cases in Iran has increased to 64, with 12 fatalities, a health official announced here, leading to a number of countries to close their borders with the Islamic Republic.

The World Health Organization recently named the illness caused by the virus COVID-19, referring to both coronavirus and its origin late a year ago.

The virus has infected almost 77,000 people and killed more than 2,500 in China, where it originated late previous year.

On Sunday, Health Minister Said Namaki said one person who died of coronavirus in Qom, south of Tehran, was a businessman who had made several trips to China.

He did not say when the merchant had returned from China to Iran nor what steps health officials had taken to quarantine and check on those he'd come into contact with. All five were passengers returning on a flight from the Iranian city of Mashhad, where Iran's government has not yet announced a single case of the virus. A local mayor in Tehran is among those quarantined. The virus threatens to isolate Iran even further, with some countries now barring their citizens from traveling there.

Bahrain's Health Ministry said an infected citizen who returned from Iran on Friday had transited through the world's busiest global airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Muscat: Oman reported two cases of coronavirus, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said on Monday.

Tajikistan also suspended flights to and from Iran due to the spread of the new coronavirus in the Central Asian country, the government said.

Despite being Iran's epicentre of the outbreak, Qom has yet to be quarantined.

The outbreak of the virus in Iran comes as its economy buckles under pressure from USA economic sanctions.

These were the details of the news Coronavirus fears ground flights to Iran for this day. Tehran's metro, which is used by about 3 million people in the capital, and public buses are being sanitized daily.

Meanwhile, Pakistan, Turkey and Iraq have closed their borders with Iran as a precautionary measure to halt the potential spread of coronavirus.

A top World Health Organization expressed concerns Monday over the virus' spread.

"We will announce any figures (we have) on the number of deaths throughout the country". Azerbaijan temporarily closed the Bilasuvar and Astara checkpoints on the border with Iran.

Georgia too has restricted movement of individuals from Iran to Georgia and vice versa, according to a statement by the country's Foreign Ministry.

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