BREAKING: Iran’s Vice President, Masoumeh Ebtekar, Tests Positive To The Coronavirus

The coronavirus epidemic in Iran, has taken 26 lives, the Health Ministry has announced on Thursday, with Vice President, Masoumeh Ebtekar, becoming the latest top Official to be infected, as the spread appears to accelerate in the country.

The Health Ministry Spokesman, Kianoush Jahanpour, told a News Conference, that the tally of infections have risen to 245, with 106 more cases confirmed; the highest number for a single day since Iran announced its first infections on February 19.

The Islamic Republic, has the highest death toll from the virus outside China, where COVID-19 first emerged.

Among the latest coronavirus sufferers, is one of Iran’s seven Vice Presidents, Massoumeh Ebtekar, who oversees women’s affairs.

Ebtekar, a former Spokeswoman for students who took 52 Americans hostage at the US Embassy, in Tehran, in 1979, is being treated at home, and members of her team have been tested.

Mojtaba Zolnour, the Head of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Affairs Committee, also contracted the virus.
The Cleric is a Deputy for the Shiite holy city of Qom, in central Iran, where the country’s first cases were detected.

According to Media reports, among the deceased in Qom, on Thursday, was Theologian, Hadi Khroroshahi, who in 1981 was named Iran’s first Ambassador to the Vatican.

The announcement by Zolnour comes two days after another top Official, the Deputy Health Minister, Iraj Harirchi, Head of the government’s coronavirus Task Force, said he too had contracted the virus.

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