Iran reports sixth person dead from virus

Twenty-eight people have tested positive for coronavirus in Iran, while six have died.
Twenty-eight people have tested positive for coronavirus in Iran, while six have died.

A sixth person has died from the coronavirus in Iran, officials say.

The governor of Markazi province has told the official IRNA news agency that a patient who recently died in the central city of Arak tested positive for the virus.

Ali Aghazadeh said the person was also suffering from a heart problem.

Earlier on Saturday, health authorities reported a fifth death from the coronavirus and said the fatality was among 10 new confirmed cases in Iran.

It was not immediately clear whether the sixth fatality was among those 10.

So far, 28 cases have been confirmed in Iran.

People are being treated for the virus in at least four different cities, including the capital Tehran, where some pharmacies have run out of masks and hand sanitiser.

Other affected cities are Qom, Arak and Rasht.

The virus loomed over a nationwide parliamentary election on Friday and many voters went to the polls wearing face masks.

Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour did not specify when the fifth death occurred.

Two people died from COVID-19 on Friday while authorities reported two deaths previously this week.

Australian Associated Press