Iranian authorities confirmed on Wednesday two cases of the new coronavirus, the first in the country, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported, saying also that there was an unspecified number of other suspected cases and that those individuals have been quarantined.
The report did not elaborate on the nationality of the two people infected by the virus or the state of their health. ISNA quoted an official in the country’s health ministry, Kiyanoush Jahanpour, as saying that “in the past two days, some suspected cases of the new coronavirus were found” in the central city 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.