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The First Fatalities In The Middle East From The Coronavirus Have Been Reported In Iran

Al Jazeera: Two die of coronavirus in Iran, first fatalities in Middle East

Elderly people die in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus in the holy city of Qom, officials say.

Tehran, Iran - Two elderly people have died in Iran after testing positive for the new coronavirus, according to health officials.

The deaths on Wednesday were the outbreak's first fatalities in the Middle East.

"Two elderly people have died due to coronavirus in the city of Qom, south of Tehran," Alireza Vahabzadeh, an adviser to Iran's health minister, told Al Jazeera on Wednesday.

"The two victims had suffered acute lung infections due to their infection with the coronavirus," he added.

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WNU Editor: Two patients were two elderly Iranians in the city of Qom. How did they get infected?

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