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Vice-President Masoumeh Ebtekar is positive given that the question from the experts reported a death toll

Another senior member of the Iranian government has fallen ill with coronavirus as the deadly disease spreads across the country.

Masoumeh Ebtekar, the country’s vice president for women and family affairs, is now the seventh Iranian official to positively test the COVID-19 virus, after the country’s deputy health minister also confirmed that he was infected this week.

The announcement came shortly after Ms. Ebtekar sat only three chairs away from President Hassan Rouhani during a government meeting Wednesday.

Other senior officials, most between the ages of 50 and 60, also sat a few meters away from the leader, fearing that they might become infected.

State media did not say whether the participants would be quarantined, but it was reported on Friday that the country’s parliament would be closed until further notice due to the outbreak.

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More than 380 people were infected with the disease in Iran and 34 people died, according to the republic’s ministry of health.

This already makes it one of the hardest hit countries in the world, although experts, including the World Health Organization, fear that it could underestimate the number of cases.

The BBC reported that the death toll could actually reach 210.

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“We are currently in a phase where infections are increasing,” said Ministry of Health spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour on Friday, adding that the situation could “continue for a few days, even weeks.”

“We have a very difficult week ahead of us,” said Health Minister Saeed Namaki. “The main peak of the coronavirus will be in the next few days and days.”

The prayers were canceled in Tehran on Friday in an attempt to limit the crowd, while all schools and universities will remain closed for at least the next three days.

In the city of Mashhad, at the Shrine of Imam Reza, the detergents suitable for the fire retardant suit misted the disinfectant on the surfaces that the faithful kiss and touch while workers install hand sanitizers.

Trucks of Iran’s paramilitary revolutionary guard also sprayed roads and sidewalks in the holy city of Qom, the epicenter of the country’s epidemic.

Iran has denied for days that the virus was in the country, recognizing it just as it tried to pump enthusiasm for the country’s parliamentary elections – a vote that has seen the lowest voter turnout since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

In this way, it probably allowed the virus to spread rapidly, reaching even the highest levels of its power structure.

Iran’s deputy health minister, Iraj Harirchi, tested positive for coronavirus after appearing pale and sweaty at a TV press conference that minimized the crisis.

Some Iranian clerics also offered advice without scientific bases, such as Sheikh Abbas Tabrizian in Qom, who told followers to give himself a suppository of essential oils to ward off the virus.

– With wires

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