Iran’s Deputy Minister of Health Iraj Harirchi, who is in charge of containing the new coronavirus outbreak; on Tuesday, February 25, announced that he is infected with the coronavirus.
“Since yesterday I had a fever. My first test last night came out positive and since then I am isolated. A few minutes ago; I was confirmed that the final test has also tested positive to coronavirus,” Harirchi explained in a video.
The Deputy Minister indicated that he is already receiving treatment and that his condition “in general is not bad”; and that he hopes that the fever will return and he will be able to return to work later.
“I wanted to assure you that we will succeed in the fight against this virus with the effort of the Ministry of Health; as well as with the support of you and the Government,” he added.
The reformist deputy Mahmud Sadeqi also reported that he is infected by the coronavirus and said he has “little hope” to survive.
According to official figures from the Ministry of Health; Iran has 95 people infected with the coronavirus and 15 patients have died up to Feb. 25.
The possibility that the numbers are higher exists. To help Iranian authorities implement the necessary containment measures, the World Health Organization (WHO) will send a scientific mission to Iran on Tuesday.
To prevent the spread of the disease, neighboring countries to Iran have closed their land borders and most airlines have suspended their flights.