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Iran’s vice president tests positive for coronavirus

Iran’s Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, Masoumeh Ebtekar, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Ebtekar’s adviser, Fariba Ibtihaj,said the vice president tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

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

On Tuesday, Iran’s Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi and another lawmaker, Mahmoud Sadeghi, tested positive for the coronavirus.

The number of infected people in the country reached 245 on Thursday and 26 deaths have been confirmed.

Iran has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths outside China. At least 26 people have died and there have been 254 confirmed cases, including 106 new infections.

Some 10% of those who have tested positive in Iran for COVID-19 – the disease caused by novel coronavirus – have died.

But the World Heath Organisation has said this relatively high fatality figure is largely down to mild cases not being picked up.

Iran has also banned Chinese citizens from entering the country, the state news agency IRNA said.

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