Three additional coronavirus cases were confirmed in Iran on Thursday while five suspected others await examination, according to Iranian officials and state news agency IRNA.
The latest additions bring the total number of confirmed cases to five -- including two deaths -- in the country, Iranian health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpour said on Twitter.
Two cases were confirmed in the province of Qom, south of Tehran, and one other in the city of Arak, according to Jahanpour.
Schools and universities shut: Schools and universities in Qom province have closed down on Thursday after the coronavirus deaths there, state news agency IRNA said.
Additionally, new facilities have been set-up to counter the outbreak, the Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Twitter.
Rabiei said that the government will follow up anti-coronavirus measures "with its full capacity and sensitivity."
The two deaths are the first linked to the novel coronavirus in the Middle East.
The virus has been contained after two people tested positive for the illness and later died of complications associated with their old age and frail health,” IRNA said quoting the dean of Qom Medical University, Mohammad-Reza Ghadir.