Two people in Iran tested positive Wednesday for the deadly new coronavirus, the health ministry said in the Islamic republic’s first cases of the disease.
Kianoush Jahanpour, a ministry spokesman, said the cases were detected in the holy city of Qom, south of the Iranian capital.
“In the past two days, some suspect cases of the new coronavirus were observed in Qom city,” he said, quoted by state news agency IRNA.
“Teams were dispatched after receiving the reports, and based on the existing protocols the suspect cases were isolated and tested,” said Jahanpour.
“Out of the samples sent, a laboratory tested two of them as positive for coronavirus just minutes ago and some of the other samples were type B influenza.”
The health ministry spokesman said additional tests were being done on the two cases and final results would be announced “as soon as possible”.
The new coronavirus epidemic has killed more than 2,000 people in China and infected more than 74,000. It has spread to at least two dozen countries.
The United Arab Emirates was the first country in the Middle East to report cases of coronavirus last month.
Over 70,000 Chinese Recover From Coronavirus
The People’s Republic of China now has the highest number of recoveries from the Coronavirus infection, totaling 74,588.
China has a record of 81, 340 covid-19 cases, latest figures posted by Worldometer revealed this on Friday.
Meanwhile, Italy has 10,950 recoveries out of 84498 Covid-19 cases in the country while 2447 Americans have recovered out of 93,881 case, according to Worldometer figures.
The World Health Organization (WHO) had said that China’s recovery from Coronavirus pandemic, provides hope for the entire world.
The U.S President, Donald Trump also said he was keeping in touch with China’s leader, as his country continues to battle the pandemic.
Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China. Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet. China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020
9,444 Health Workers Treating Patients In Spain Infected With Coronavirus
Spain’s coronavirus death toll has risen by 769 in the country’s largest single-day surge, with reports saying 9,444 health workers treating patients have also tested positive for the virus and bringing the total number of deaths to 4,858.
The Spanish health ministry announced the latest figures on Friday, adding that 64,059 people were now infected with the virus, up from 56,188 over the past 24 hours.
Among these confirmed cases, it said that 9,444 health workers had also tested positive for coronavirus.
Only Italy has lost more lives following the outbreak of Covid-19, having reported 8,215 deaths to date.
Spain ranks fourth for the number of confirmed cases worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The country’s rate of infection has increased by a fifth and almost 27,000 people are currently being treated in hospital.
In Madrid, the country’s worst-affected region, an ice rink has been converted into a morgue while Real Madrid have said their Santiago Bernabeu stadium will be used to store medical supplies.
On Thursday, Spain extended its coronavirus lockdown for another two weeks until 11 April. Under current rules, people are banned from leaving home except for buying essential supplies and medicines, or for work.
Amid a global shortage in protective equipment, the Spanish government said it was fighting a “war”.
“We are in a real war to get hold of ventilators, face masks and quick test kits,” budget minister Maria Jesus Montero said on Thursday. “All the countries are fighting to secure domestic production, fighting to get supplies from China.”
COVID-19: Italy Records Almost 1,000 Virus Deaths In One-Day Record
Italy recorded a shocking spike in coronavirus deaths on Friday with 969 new victims, the worst daily record for any country since the pandemic began.
The infection rate however continued its downward trend, with the civil protection agency reporting nearly 86,500 confirmed cases in Italy — a 7.4% increase, down from around 8% in previous days.
The central government today said the JEE and NEET entrance exams have been postponed to the last week of May keeping in mind the three-week national lockdown.
“Since parents and students have to travel to different examination centres, to avoid any inconvenience to them, I have directed the National Testing Agency to postpone NEET (UG) 2020 and JEE (Main) till last week of May,” said Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal in a tweet. While JEE was scheduled for April, NEET was set for May 3.