Iran’s Deputy Health Minister Has Tested Positive for the Coronavirus, as the Country Struggles With One of the Worst Outbreaks Beyond China

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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.”

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)

China remains home to the vast majority of global cases, but Japan, South Korea, Italy, and Iran have all record­ed sub­stan­tial num­bers of infec­tions in the past week.

On Sunday, Iran closed schools and universities across 14 provinces and dedicated 230 hospitals to fight the coro­n­avirus.

Iran coronavirus

A member of a med­ical team takes a the tem­per­a­ture of Iraqi at the Shalamjah border cross­ing between Iran and Iraq on February 21, 2020. Hussein FALEH / AFP) (Photo by HUSSEIN FALEH/AFP via Getty Images

The World Health Organization 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. 

Source: Business Insider (Military & Defense)

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