Iran’s vice president infected with coronavirus

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Iran’s Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar has now contracted the coronavirus, as reported by astate media.

News of Ebtekar’s infection comes barely a day after Iran’s deputy Health Minister Iraj Hairichi confirmed that he had also contracted the virus.

In a video posted online, Mr. Hairachi announced that he was under self-quarantine, further promising Iranian citizens that the government is stepping up measures to deal with the virus.

Mojtaba Zolnour, the head of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Affairs Committee, has also contracted the virus and is under self-quarantine.