Iran’s first vice president infected with coronavirus
BREAKING: Iran’s first vice president Eshaq Jahangiri has been infected with the coronavirus, days after the Islamic Parliament was closed until further notice due to the virus outbreak among 23 MPs and an undisclosed number of regime officials.
In total, 92 people have died and 2,992 have been infected in Iran.
According to sources inside Iran, the death toll is higher than the figures being reported by the health ministry.
Last week, Iran’s Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, Masoumeh Ebtekar, tested positive for coronavirus.
Ebtekar, one of Iran’s most high-profile female politicians, was last seen at a cabinet meeting Wednesday with President Hassan Rouhani. During the meeting, Rouhani warned about COVID-19 turning into a “weapon at the hands of our enemies” for “propaganda” purposes.
In a highly publicized case, deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi was filmed sweating profusely and wiping his face with a handkerchief at a press conference meant to update officials on the spread of coronavirus.
One of the country’s top clerics, Hadi Khosroshahi, died on Thursday after he contracted the sickness.