Iran’s Deputy Health Minister Has Tested Positive For Coronavirus
The news came a day after he spoke at a news conference, looking visibly ill.
Iran’s deputy health minister has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), amid a sharp spike in confirmed cases reported outside of the virus’ origin country China.
Iran is one of three countries that have recently reported a huge concentration of confirmed cases. In light of the outbreak, the country’s deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi appeared at a news conference to assure that authorities had the matter under control and deny rumors that the scale of the spread was being downplayed.
Harirchi looked visibly ill during the Monday news conference and notably wasn’t wearing a mask. Just a day later, he posted a video online saying he had tested positive for the virus and was self-isolating at home.
An Iranian MP also tweeted confirming that he tested positive for the virus.
As of Tuesday, Iran has 95 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths nationwide. South Korea and Italy have also experienced upticks in cases, causing widespread fear that the virus will soon reach pandemic levels. In the U.S., there are 53 people who have confirmed cases, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 77,000 people have contracted the virus globally and over 2,500 have died —a vast majority being located in China.