Iran’s Vice-President for Women & Family Affairs has Covid-19

Another official.

Nyi Nyi Thet | February 28, 2020, 12:28 AM

Less than two days after Iran’s deputy health minister and another Member of Parliament both tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (Covid-19), another official has reportedly been confirmed to have the virus.

On Feb. 24, the deputy health minister appeared in a public press conference, denouncing false allegations of the scale of an outbreak in Iran.

This time it is one of Iran’s Vice-Presidents, Masoumeh Ebtekar.

Masoumeh is Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs.

Iran's government appoints optional Vice-Presidents, who are considered cabinet-level officers.

A state-owned newspaper reported that Masoumeh had contracted the virus. It is unclear where exactly she caught it from.

According to some reports, Masoumeh was seen at a conference with the President and other senior officials a day before she was confirmed to have the virus.

Iran currently has the highest death toll outside China, with 26 deaths. Iran has over 200 reported cases so far.

In addition to the Vice-President, the head of Iranian parliament's national security and foreign affairs committee was also reportedly confirmed with the virus.

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