Iran reports first two cases of coronavirus

Chinese woman Luo Yan (C), who had the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Sri Lanka, prepares to depart the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 19 February 2020. Lee Yan, who is from China's Hubei province and arrived in Sri Lanka on 19 January 2020, has recovered from Sri Lanka's on case of COVID-19, according to the nation's Health Ministry has said. EPA-EFE/CHAMILA KARUNARATHNE

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State-run ISNA news agency is reporting that Iranian health officials have confirmed two coronavirus cases within the country. The first brush with the virus the country has faced since the novel virus was discovered in Wuhan, China in late December.

“[Within] the last two days, some suspected cases of the new coronavirus were found,” ISNA quoted the state’s Health Ministry as saying.

ISNA quoted an official in the country’s health ministry, Kiyanoush Jahanpour who did not say how many people were suspected of having the virus, which causes the illness recently named COVID-19. He said the two confirmed cases were detected in the central province of Qom.

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.

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