Iran’s deputy health minister, Iraj Harirchi is said to have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), an official of Health Ministry announced on Tuesday.
“The coronavirus test for Mr. Harirchi, the deputy health minister who was on the front lines combating the coronavirus, was positive,” Alireza Vahabzadeh, a media adviser to the health minister, said in a tweet.
The journalists who were at a press conference with government spokesman Ali Rabiei on Monday, said “Harirchi coughed occasionally and appeared to be sweating during the meeting.”
Harirchi briefed the media denying 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.
The Ministry has also confirmed three more deaths and thirty-four new infections in the country. It takes Iran’s overall death toll to 15 and infection tally to 95.
According to Tuesday’s statement, an overwhelming majority of coronavirus death cases and infections outside Qom are among those individuals who have recently been in the holy city.