Report: 22 coronavirus deaths in Iran, 141 test positive





Tehran (dpa) - The number of people who have died from the coronavirus in Iran has risen to 22, according to the state news agency IRNA.



A total of 141 people in 20 of the country's 31 provinces tested positive for the novel coronavirus, IRNA reported on Thursday.
Fifty-four patients are said to have recovered, and have been been sent back to their homes.
Iran's Ministry of Health has not confirmed the IRNA report.
The outbreak in Iran has led the virus to spread across the Gulf region, with Bahrain and Kuwait on Wednesday reporting more cases of the virus linked to Iran.
Iraq, Oman and the United Arab Emirates have also recorded cases that appear to have been imported from Iran, alongside other cases of infection not apparently linked to the Islamic Republic.
Saudi Arabia said it would temporarily suspend entry for people wanting to complete the Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca or to visit the Prophet's Mosque in Medina as a precaution against the coronavirus outbreak.

Thursday, February 27th 2020
(dpa)
           


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