Iranian deputy health minister, MP and regime spokesman infected with coronavirus
BREAKING: Iran’s deputy health minister says he has tested positive for the coronavirus, as the Islamic republic is being hit by the deadliest coronavirus outbreak by far outside China.
Iran confirmed 15 deaths and 95 Covid-19 infections since last week, but the actual number is thought to be far higher.
In a video posted to Twitter, Iraj Harirchi said that he was infected, but that “I will certainly defeat corona.”
Iraj Harirchi coughed occasionally and appeared to be sweating during a press conference on Monday with government spokesman Ali Rabiei.
At the conference, Harirchi denied a lawmaker’s claim that 50 people have died from the virus in the Shiite shrine city of Qom, saying he would “resign” if the number proves true.
“Up until last night, around 50 people died from coronavirus. The health minister is to blame,” Amirabadi Farhani said on Monday.
In addition, Iran’s MP Mahmoud Sadeghi said he had tested positive for coronavirus.
“I don’t have a lot of hope of continuing life in this world” he tweeted.
The reformist and outspoken MP was later warned by the regime or found a magic cure and published a new video saying “I’m in a very good condition. I didn’t want to worry you… We’ll overcome the virus with national unity and observing health principles”.
Hours later, it was published that Iran’s regime spokesman Ali Rabiei has been tested positive for coronavirus.
Rabiei (pic left) contracted the virus from the deputy health minister, who was sweating profusely next to him during a press briefing yesterday and passed coronavirus on to minister (pic right) in a meeting today.