After deputy health minister, now Iran’s VP tests positive to coronavirus

Within a week after Iran’s Deputy Health Minister announced he was contracted with coronavirus (Covid-19), the country’s vice president who oversees women’s affairs is the latest senior official who has tested positive.

The coronavirus epidemic in Iran has cost 26 lives, the health ministry announced Thursday, with a vice president becoming the latest top official to be infected as the spread appeared to accelerate.

Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour told a news conference that the tally of infections had risen to 245 with 106 more cases confirmed — the highest number for a single day since Iran announced its first infections on February 19.

Massoumeh Ebtekar is one of Iran’s seven vice presidents who oversees women’s affairs. 

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