A state-owned newspaper in Iran says Masoumeh Ebtekar, a vice president in the Islamic Republic and a spokeswoman for the 1979 hostage-takers, has the new coronavirus.
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Al Arabiya reported:
Iranian Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar has tested positive for coronavirus, the state-run daily IRAN reported.
Ebtekar is the first member of President Hassan Rouahni’s cabinet to be infected with the novel coronavirus.
Earlier today, the chairman of the Iranian parliament’s national security and foreign affairs committee Mojtaba Zolnour announced in a video that he had also been infected with the disease.
Two other Iranian officials – Member of Parliament Mahmoud Sadeghi and Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi – have also previously confirmed that they have been infected with the disease.
State media also reported on Thursday that Iranian cleric Hadi Khosroshahi died from coronavirus in Qom.
Masoumeh Ebtekar, #Iran's vice president for women and family affairs, has contracted the #Coronavirus.
Iran's health ministry confirmed that there are 245 cases, 26 dead’s by the deadly virus.@newyorkpost #伊朗女副總統感染武肺#共245宗確診26死 pic.twitter.com/rJVZ6vC4za
— Nikki😷 (@nikki_miumiu) February 27, 2020