Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar tests positive for coronavirus

Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar tests positive for coronavirus

Iran's Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar has tested positive for the coronavirus, an official said on Thursday. Speaking to Iran's official IRNA news agency, Ebtekar's adviser Fariba Ibtihaj said the vice president tested positive for COVID-19, Daily Sabah reports.

"Everyone in the vice president's team was also tested and the results will be available on Saturday," she said.

Ebtekar had attended a cabinet meeting on Feb. 26, where she was sitting only a couple of meters from President Hassan Rouhani and other government officials.

Ebtekar is not the first high-ranking Iranian official to contract the virus. On Tuesday, Iran's Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi — the head of the government task force to contain the outbreak — and another lawmaker, Mahmoud Sadeghi, tested positive for the coronavirus.

Another official who tested positive for the virus was Mujtaba Zunnour, head of the country’s parliament national security and foreign policy committee.

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