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Iran’s deputy health minister in charge of coronavirus briefings has caught the virus himself

Iran’s deputy health minister in charge of coronavirus briefings has caught the virus himself
[Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images]

In troubling news, Iran’s deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi, who has been the point man in that country on combatting the COVID-19 coronavirus, has himself caught the virus. In recent weeks, he has delivered regular briefings on the virus to journalists. News of Harirchi testing positive for the coronavirus was first reported by the AFP news agency.

The news is especially concerning since Iran’s deputy health minister is presumably one of the most informed people about the disease and methods for preventing its spread in the Middle East. Yet that knowledge did not keep him from testing positive for the disease.

Iran became the latest hotbed of coronavirus activity this week with at least 95 confirmed infections, of which 15 of those infected have died. That’s the greatest number of people who have been killed by the virus in any one country outside of China.

The news on the Iranian deputy health minister’s infection is breaking, so we’ll update this post as more information becomes available.

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