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Schools closing in Qom, Iran, after coronavirus outbreak

20 February 2020 14:42

TEHRAN. KAZINFORM The Iranian city of Qom is shutting down schools and universities following the deaths of two people from the coronavirus, Anadolu Agency reports citing IRNA.

The move is being taken beginning Thursday in order to prevent the spread of the virus and to investigate the matter.

Kiyanoush Jahanpour, a spokesman for Iran’s Health Ministry, confirmed the deaths of the two elderly people in a post on Twitter.

The virus remains a major concern on the world stage since its outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.

The death toll in China from the coronavirus outbreak has risen to 2,005, according to the country’s National Health Commission.

Authorities said 74,185 confirmed cases have been reported in the last 24 hours while 136 people have died.

They said the medical conditions of 11,977 people diagnosed with the virus are serious.

The number of those under medical observation has dropped to 135,881, while the number of patients who have been treated and discharged has risen to 14,376.

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