Iran confirms three new cases of coronavirus, total now five

A medical worker takes the temperature of a woman in the reception of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, following the outbreak of a new coronavirus, in Hong Kong. (Reuters)

Three patients have tested positive for the coronavirus in Iran, a health ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

“Two people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Qom and one person in Arak, bringing the total of confirmed cases to five in Iran,” Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, the Iranian government has suspended schools, universities and higher education institutes in the city of Qom due to the “spreading” of the new coronavirus, semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:05 - GMT 07:05