NYC couple who visited Iran being tested for coronavirus

A New York City couple is being monitored for the coronavirus after traveling to the hot zone of Iran, the mayor said Sunday.

“They are being evaluated right now,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the St. Pat’s for All Parade in Queens.

It’s unclear when the couple traveled to Iran, where there have been 54 deaths from the virus and at least 978 cases to date.

De Blasio said the city couple’s test results are pending, adding, “We should have an answer on that today or tomorrow.”

The city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said the tests are being performed through the state’s own facilities.

“Tests for novel #coronavirus are now being performed by @HealthNYGov’s lab, which means we will be able to get results back much sooner,” the department wrote in a tweet.

The development came as eight city patients have been given a clean bill of health after undergoing tests for the virus.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday that there have been 22 cases detected through the public health system in the country so far. The cases have been mostly on the West Coast, including 12 in California and six in the Seattle area, where a man died from the virus Saturday, the first fatality in the nation.

There have been also confirmed cases of the virus in Illinois, Wisconsin, Oregon, Texas, Arizona and Massachusetts.

Source: Read Full Article