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Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar has tested positive for the COVID-19, making her one of 254 persons to be affected with the Chinese virus in the Middle East country.

This comes barely 48 hours after the country’s Deputy Health Minister tested positive to the novel coronavirus which has killed more than 2,800 persons worldwide and 26 in Iran.

According to a state-owned newspaper, Masoumeh Ebtekar, the VP in charge of women and family affairs’ symptoms are said to be mild. The report added that Masoumeh has not yet been admitted to hospital.

Speaking to Iran’s official IRNA news agency, Ebtekar’s adviser Fariba Ibtihaj said the vice president tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

“Everyone in the vice president’s team was also tested and the results will be available on Saturday,” she said.

Iran is one of over 35 countries that account for the nearly 80,000 COVID-19 cases confirmed around the world.

In response to a drastic jump in the number of confirmed cases from 100 to 245, with 26 deaths within a week, Iran has banned Chinese citizens from entering the country.

The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 outbreak an international health emergency and said the global risk level remains high.

Currently, about 78,000 cases and 2,700 fatalities have been recorded in China. where the virus originated.

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