Iran records first cases of Wuhan coronavirus

A medical staff member takes the temperature of a man at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in China earlier in January. (Photo: Foreign Policy)

The Islamic Republic of Iran has become the latest Asian country to confirm its first two cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) since the deadly outbreak began.

Though the nationalities of those infected weren’t immediately disclosed, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported that the two cases of COVID-19, the first in the country, were confirmed by Iranian authorities on Wednesday (Feb. 19).

An official in the Iranian Ministry of Health noted that the two confirmed cases were detected in the central province of Qom.

In the meantime, Iran has applied additional safety measures on arrival flights at its airports to control a possible spread of the coronavirus.

Iran is the third Middle Eastern country, after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt, to report confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Outside of the China epicentre, the Wuhan coronavirus has been confirmed in: Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Thailand, South Korea, Malaysia, Germany, Vietnam, Australia, US, France, UK, Canada, UAE, India, Philippines, Italy, Russia, Spain, Belgium, Cambodia, Egypt, Finland, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Sweden.