Iran’s health ministry reports that the death toll from the new virus in the country has risen to 8 people, confirming 43 cases of the illness in the Middle Eastern country.
According to the official IRNA news agency, schools, universities, and seminaries in Qom will be closed on Sunday and Monday in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus, the government crisis management headquarters for Qom province announced on Saturday.
A spokesman for the Iranian health ministry Kianoush Jahanpour while appearing on state TV on Sunday said that the outbreak in Iran has centered on the holy city of Qom.
He further added that out 15 newly confirmed cases, 7 were in Qom, while four were in the capital, Tehran.
According to the officials, travelers from China brought the new coronavirus to the city of Qom.
On Saturday, authorities announced the detection of at least 10 new cases of coronavirus, deepening a sense of public unease over the handling of the spread of the disease.
Most of the cases, including eight of the new infections, have been in Qom, a Muslim holy city 120 km (75 miles) south of the capital Tehran.