Coronavirus: Death toll in Iran rises to 22


While Iranian media reported that 22 had died, Estonia said its first coronavirus case was an Iranian citizen. “The person has been isolated,” Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik said.

A woman at a drug store in Tehran, Iran, on February 25, 2020. (Photo: West Asia News Agency via Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 22 dead in Iran: News agency IRNA
  • 141 diagnosed with Covid-19: IRNA
  • Estonia says 1st case is Iran citizen

Twenty two people have died so far from the new coronavirus in Iran, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported in a chart it published on Thursday.

The number of people diagnosed with the disease is 141, the chart showed. It did not specify whether those who have died were included in the tally of those infected.

Iranian officials on Wednesday reported a total of 139 cases of coronavirus and 19 deaths.

ESTONIA SAYS 1st CASE IS CITIZEN OF IRAN

Estonia has confirmed its first coronavirus case, involving a man who returned from Iran, Estonian health authorities said on Thursday.

“We are talking about a permanent resident of Estonia who is not a citizen of Estonia,” Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik told public broadcaster ETV. “According to my information, he is a citizen of Iran.”

“The person has been isolated,” Kiik told the broadcaster, adding that the person arrived in Estonia on Wednesday night, travelling on a bus from Riga in Latvia.

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