Iran's Vice President tests positive for coronavirus

# 27 February 2020 17:52 (UTC +04:00)

Vice President of Iran for Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar tested positive for coronavirus, APA reports.

Earlier in the day, the head of Iran's Parliamentary Security and Foreign Relations Commission Mojtaba Zonnour said he had tested positive for coronavirus. Another lawmaker, Mahmoud Sadeghi, previously wrote on Twitter that his corona test had been positive.

The total number of coronavirus cases in Iran has reached 139 of with 19 deaths from the virus so far.

The coronavirus, officially named COVID-19, originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December and has so far infected more than 82,200 people, resulting in the deaths of over 2,800 people. Over a third of those who have contracted the disease have since recovered, including more than 2,820 people over the last 24 hours.