بدنبال پیک بیماری های حاد تنفسی ظرف روزهای اخیر در #قم، دو مورد در آزمایشات اولیه از نظر #کروناویروس مثبت گزارش شدند، متاسفانه هر دو بیمار با توجه به کهولت سن و نقص سیستم ایمنی در بخش مراقبت های ویژه فوت نمودند.— Kianush Jahanpur (@drjahanpur) February 19, 2020
"Unfortunately, both people have died, taking into consideration their senior age", Kianush Jahanpur wrote on Twitter.
He also posted a video featuring Iranian deputy health minister, who said that both persons were residents of Iran's city of Qom, which is a major centre of Shia scholarship and a pilgrimage destination.
Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Tehran has decided to suspend air traffic with China and to quarantine people arriving from the country.
The new coronavirus, dubbed COVID-19 by the World Health Organisation, was first detected in China's Hubei Province in late December and has since spread to more than 20 other countries, resulting in over 2,000 deaths.