Iran‘s Vice President for women and affairs, Masoumeh Ebtekar, has contracted coronavirus.
Naija Mode reports that the Vice President contracted the disease two days after Iraj Harirchi, the country’s deputy health minister, tested positive to it.
This online news platform understands that Iran Vice President is also known as the English-language spokeswoman “Mary” for the 1979 hostage-takers who seized the US embassy in Tehran and sparked a 444-day diplomatic crisis.
Ebtekar’s Iran has 245 confirmed coronavirus cases and has recorded 26 deaths, making it the country with the fourth-highest number of cases in the world and the highest number of COVID-19 deaths outside China.
To curtail the spread of the virus, Iran has cancelled Friday prayers while officials urged residents to avoid travel within the country. The country also banned Chinese citizens from entering the country.
Meanwhile, Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar is the latest in a string of top officials in Iran’s Shiite theocracy who have caught the virus.