Jahanpour said additional tests were being done on the two cases and final results would be announced "as soon as possible". Officials later said the two patients had died.
"The suspicious cases were isolated according to protocol and medical samples taken".
The highest number of cases outside of china have been reported by Singapore with 81 and Japan with 74.
The World Health Organisation has expressed concern over the speed at which COVID-19 has spread in Iran, as well as it being exported from the Islamic republic to other countries including Lebanon.
More than 2,100 people have died in China and new research suggesting the virus is more contagious than previously thought has added to the worldwide alarm over the outbreak.
But as hot spots emerge around the globe, including in South Korea and Iran, there has been trouble finding the first patient who sparked each new cluster.
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The virus comes from a large family of what are known as coronaviruses, some causing nothing worse than a cold.
It can worsen to pneumonia, which can be fatal.
At least the virus has killed 2012 persons from affected countries including China where it first broke out.
"So far, the exact source of the virus transmission to Qom is unknown".
Iraqi Airways has suspended flights to neighbouring Iran as a protective measure against the coronavirus outbreak, the Iraqi state news agency said on Thursday.
The emergency teams had arrived from Tehran, he said, adding that Iran's Deputy Minister of Health, Qasem Jan-Babaei, was also in the city.
"Most of the cases are either Qom residents or have a history of coming and going from Qom to other cities", its spokesman said.