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24 févr. 2020 | 22h08 UTC

Iran: Health ministry reports 61 COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths as of February 24 /update 6

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Iranian health ministry reports 61 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections and 12 associated deaths as of February 24 as several countries impose restrictions on travel to and from Iran; further international spread of COVID-19 to be expected over near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 24/2/2020, 12h00 until 2/3/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Tehran). COUNTRY/REGION Iran, Qom

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Iran's health ministry reported that the country has recorded 61 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases and 12 associated deaths as of Monday, February 24. Ministry officials denied a claim from a parliamentarian representing Qom which alleged that 50 people had died from the disease in Qom and that 250 people had been quarantined in the city.

Countries in the Middle East, Caucasus, Central Asia, and South Asia have imposed travel restrictions on Iran amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19, including Afghanistan, Armenia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, and the UAE.

Associated transportation disruptions are to be expected between the abovementioned countries and Iran over the coming days and weeks. Further international spread of COVID-19 is to be expected over the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in more than 30 countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On February 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the COVID-19 outbreak is a "very grave threat."

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue; throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider
  • Adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and your home government.

In the case that symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness emerge either during or after travel, individuals are encouraged to seek medical attention and share their travel history with their health care provider. Travelers returning from China who develop symptoms of pneumonia are advised to call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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