- Iran’s deputy health minister said Tuesday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
- In a video posted to Twitter, and later carried by the Fars state news agency, Iraj Harirchi pledged to overcome his illness.
- Iran is struggling to cope with the outbreak, with at least 15 deaths recorded so far, according to state media.
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Iran’s deputy health minister, and department spokesman, says he has tested positive for the coronavirus, as the country emerges as one of the worst-hit places outside of Asia.
In a video posted to Twitter, carried by Fars news agency, Iraj Harirchi said that he was infected, but that “I will certainly defeat corona.”
????حریرچی: من هم کرونایی شدم، حتما کرونا را شکست می دهیم. pic.twitter.com/O0zsfDwgAS
— خبرگزاری فارس (@FarsNews_Agency) February 25, 2020
On Monday, Harirchi was seen looking flustered and unwell during a ministry press conference, mopping his brow with a handkerchief.
1 In a press conference yesterday an Iranian government spokesman confidently asserts they have "no problem" containing coronavirus. Alongside him, the country's deputy health minister appears symptomatic, but takes no precautions to cover/isolate himself pic.twitter.com/TuHlK8LHLz
— Karim Sadjadpour (@ksadjadpour) February 25, 2020
Iran is one of the worst-affected countries, with a as many as 95 cases confirmed in the last 72 hours. Fifteen people in Iran have died so far from it, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA)
On Sunday, Iran closed schools and universities across 14 provinces and dedicated 230 hospitals to fight the coronavirus.
The World Health Organisation says the situation in Iran is “deeply concerning.”
The coronavirus, which first broke out in the Chinese city of Wuhan in early December 2019, has killed at least 2,600 people, mostly in China.
It has since spread to at least 34 other countries, some of which have reported deaths of the virus.
Mia Jankowicz contributed to this report.
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