Iran health minister tests positive for coronavirus
Tehran(RT-New Ziana) – Iran’s Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi has tested positive for coronavirus, Iranian state media reported on Tuesday.
Harirchi had been at the forefront of the country’s response to the outbreak.
A spokesperson for Iran’s Health Ministry confirmed in a television interview that Harirchi has been infected and is under quarantine.
Tehran confirmed its first two cases of the novel virus COVID-19 last Wednesday, with the health ministry saying that two patients had been put into isolation.
Schools have been closed across much of the country for the last two days and five of Iran’s seven neighbors have closed their borders with the Islamic Republic.
Clashes broke out between protesters and security forces at the weekend, over Tehran’s handling of the country’s outbreak, local media reported.