Iran confirms total 18 coronavirus cases and 4 deaths

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Voters with face masks fill out their ballots in the parliamentary elections at a polling station in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Iranians began voting for a new parliament Friday, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran's leadership as sanctions weigh on the economy and isolate the country diplomatically. Also looming over the election is the threat of the new coronavirus, which has been confirmed in five people in Iran this week, including two elderly citizens who died in the city of Qom. Concerns over the spread of the virus, which originated in central China, prompted authorities in Iran to close all schools and Shiite seminaries in Qom. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

There have been two more coronavirus deaths in Iran, and 13 new cases of the virus, according to the country’s health ministry.

“According to the latest laboratory reports 13 more contractions of coronavirus have been confirmed, including 7 in Qom, 4 in Tehran, and two in Gilan. Unfortunately, out of these cases two have lost their lives,” health ministry spokesman Kianoosh Jahanpour tweeted Friday. “Most of the cases are residents of Qom or have traveled to Qom in recent days and weeks,” Jahanpour added.

Confirmed cases in Iran: There are now 18 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Iran, with four deaths.

Elections looming: These cases come as the country heads to the polls in parliamentary elections Friday. Some voters are wearing protective masks and several polling stations are not requiring fingerprinting in an effort to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Source: CNN News

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