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Iran Reports More Coronavirus Deaths

23 Feb 2020, 05:15 GMT+10

Iranian health officials have confirmed the fifth and sixth deaths from the coronavirus in the country.

The country's fifth fatality came from among 10 new confirmed cases of the virus, officials reported on February 22. The sixth fatality was a patient who died in the central city of Arak.

It was not clear exactly when the two deaths occurred.

Iran has reported more fatalities from COVID-19 than any other country besides China.

Two people had died earlier on February 21 from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Two other deaths were reported earlier in the week.

Jahanpour said that, of the 10 newly detected cases, two were in the capital, Tehran, and eight were in the holy city of Qom, located some 120 kilometers south of the capital.

Two elderly patients died from the virus in Qom on February 19.

Jahanpour said the two patients in the capital had visited Qom or had links with the city.

Health officials said all religious gatherings in Qom had been suspended.

Minoo Mohraz, an Iranian Health Ministry official, had said on February 21 that the virus 'possibly came from Chinese workers who work in Qom and traveled to China.' She did not elaborate.

A Chinese company has been building a solar power plant in Qom.

Cases have been reported in the provinces of Tehran, Gilan, Markazi, Qom, and Hamadan.

Ali Atta, a spokesman for the Tehran City Council, said authorities were distributing free masks at bus and metro stations.

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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