Iran deputy health minister infected with coronavirus
Published : Tuesday, 25 February, 2020 at 9:06 PM Count : 946
Iran's deputy health minister has tested positive for the new coronavirus amid a major outbreak in the country which has seen 15 people die as a result.
Iraj Harirchi coughed occasionally and appeared to be sweating during a news conference in Tehran on Monday with government spokesman Ali Rabiei.
In a video broadcast on state television, the deputy minister put on a brave face as he admitted he was infected.
"I too have been infected with coronavirus," Harirchi said in the video apparently shot by himself. "I had a fever as of last night and my preliminary test was positive around midnight," he said.
"I've isolated myself in a place since. A few minutes ago, I was told that my final test was final, and now I am starting medication."
An Iranian parliamentarian representing Tehran has also tested positive.
"My corona test is positive ... I don't have a lot of hope of continuing life in this world," Mahmoud Sadeghi wrote on Twitter.
In the same message, he called on the head of Iran's judiciary to release political prisoners to prevent them from getting infected and to allow them to spend the duration of the outbreak with their families.