‘I too have been infected with coronavirus,’ Harirchi said in the video apparently shot by himself
Iran’s deputy health minister confirmed on Tuesday that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus, amid a major outbreak in the Islamic republic.
Iraj Harirchi coughed occasionally and appeared to be sweating during a press conference in Tehran on Monday with government spokesman Ali Rabiei.
At the time he denied a lawmaker’s claim that 50 people had died from the virus in the Shiite shrine city of Qom, saying he would resign if the number proved to be true.
In a video broadcast on state television, the deputy minister put on a brave face as he admitted he was infected.
“I say this to you from my heart, look after yourselves.”
Iran’s deputy health minister has tested positive for the coronavirus, as the country struggles with one of the worst outbreaks outside of China.
“I too have been infected with coronavirus,” Harirchi said in the video apparently shot by himself.
“I had a fever as of last night and my preliminary test was positive around midnight,” he said, adding, “I’ve isolated myself in a place since. A few minutes ago, I was told that my final test was final, and now I am starting medication.”
On the same day, Iranian member of parliament Mahmoud Sadeghi also announced he had contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus, as the official death toll in the country rose to 15 on Tuesday, still the largest outside mainland China, where over 80,000 people have been infected and more that 2,700 died to the disease.
Sadeghi, an outspoken reformist, said he was not hoping to survive and called on the government to release political prisoners from jails to make sure they do not get infected.