Emergency first responders carrying protecting masks stand alongside a road within the Iranian capital Tehran on February 24, 2020.
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Iran’s deputy well being minister has been contaminated with the brand new coronavirus, a ministry official mentioned on Tuesday, amid a serious outbreak within the Islamic republic.
“The coronavirus test for Mr Harirchi, the deputy health minister who was on the front lines combating the coronavirus, was positive,” Alireza Vahabzadeh, a media adviser to the well being minister, mentioned in a tweet.
Iraj Harirchi coughed often and gave the impression to be sweating throughout a press convention on Monday with authorities spokesman Ali Rabiei.
On the convention, Harirchi denied a lawmaker’s declare that 50 folks have died from the virus within the Shiite shrine metropolis of Qom, saying he would “resign” if the quantity proves true.
Iran confirmed three extra deaths and 34 new infections on Tuesday, taking the nation’s general loss of life toll to 15 and an infection tally to 95.
The Islamic republic has been hit by the deadliest coronavirus outbreak by far exterior China.
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In accordance with the well being ministry, a lot of the deaths and infections exterior Qom are amongst individuals who have just lately visited the holy metropolis.
The ministry’s spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour mentioned 16 of the brand new instances had been confirmed in Qom, whereas 9 had been in Tehran, and two every in Alborz, Gilan and Mazandaran.
The virus gave the impression to be spreading to new components of Iran, as one new case was additionally reported in every of the provinces of Fars and Khorasan Razavi, in addition to Qeshm island.
Regardless of being Iran’s epicentre of the outbreak, Qom has but to be quarantined.