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Iran: coronavirus detected in two ministers and first vice president

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Iran’s first vice president, Eshaq Jahangiri, as well as two government ministers, received diseases caused by coronavirus.

This was reported on Wednesday by Fars, which published a list of senior Iranian officials with this disease.

In particular, it is the Minister of Tourism, Cultural Heritage and Crafts Ali Asgar Munesan and the Minister of Trade, Industry and Mines Reza Rahmani.

The list also mentions a member of the administration of the leader and spiritual leader of Iran, Mohammad Javad Iravani.

In addition, the names of eight current or elected deputies of the Mejlis (parliament) of Iran are listed. At the same time, two of them – the elected deputy Fatema Rahbar and the current member of the Mejlis Mohammad Ali Ramazani – died of the disease.

The Iranian Ministry of Health on February 19 reported the country’s first cases of infection with a new coronavirus. Infected were detected in the city of Qom. According to the latest official data, the number of cases in the republic is 9 thousand people, at least 354 deaths have been registered.

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