On 21 February 2020, Iranian Health Ministry announced 13 more individuals who have contracted the new Coronavirus. As people cast ballots to elect a new parliament, Iranian authorities said that two more Iranians had died from virus.
The total number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Iran has increased up to 18, of whom four have died.
Spokesperson of the Health Ministry, Kianoush Jahanpour, said that seven new cases had been detected in central city of Qom, four others had been hospitalised in Tehran and other two in Gilan Province.
Iran’s Deputy Health Minister, Mohammad Mehdi Gouya, said the infected individuals did not seem to have had any contact with Chinese nationals suspected of contracting the virus.
All schools, universities and religious seminaries, have been reportedly shut down in the holy city of Qom.
Iran had recently evacuated 60 Iranian students from Wuhan, where the new coronavirus, known as COVID-19, was first detected in late December 2019.
Turkish outlet Anadolu Agency reported that with 750 suspected cases of coronavirus in Iran and 18 confirmed, Turkey had begun to subject all arrivals from Iran to medical checks, and barring people with symptoms from entering the country.