Iran deputy health minister has coronavirus: Adviser

Tehran previously stated that at least 95 people had been diagnosed with the dangerous disease. The majority of confirmed cases in the country come from the city of Qom – a centre of traditional pilgrimage for Shia Muslims, with at least 15 Iranians dying from the disease.

Iran’s Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi has tested positive for the coronavirus, ILNA news agency reported on Tuesday, adding that the official is now under quarantine.

Following previous reports about casualties in Iran, several countries, including Turkey, imposed temporary bans on people travelling to and from the Islamic Republic.

In the meantime, the deadly disease, originally discovered in China’s Wuhan, has claimed the lives of over 2,600 people across the globe. Some 80,000 have been infected, including 77,000 people in China, 1,200 in South Korea and 229 in Italy. At the same time, Austrian and Croatian authorities have now also confirmed the first cases of the disease in their countries.

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