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UPDATE: Iran State News Agency Says New Virus Kills 2 Citizens

Two cases of coronavirus found in Iran Two cases of coronavirus found in Iran |  Photo: WDIO/MGN

Amir Vahdet
Updated: February 19, 2020 11:46 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's state-run IRNA news agency reported Wednesday that the new virus has killed two Iranian citizens.

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IRNA quoted Alireza Vahabzadeh, an adviser to the country's health minister, as saying both of the elderly victims had been carrying the coronavirus and were located in Qom, about 140 kilometers (86 miles) south of the capital Tehran.

Earlier on Wednesday, Iranian authorities had confirmed two cases of the new virus, the first in the country. 

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