Iranian deputy health minister infected with coronavirus

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Iran’s deputy health minister, Iraj Harirchi, said Tuesday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and placed himself under quarantine.

Harirchi held a news conference a day earlier and appeared unwell as he said severe measures to isolate people with the virus were not necessary even though the virus was spreading in the shrine city of Qom.

In a video announcing his illness, Harirchi said: “I had a fever yesterday. The tests came back positive last night. I isolated myself … I’ll start taking medicine. Generally, I feel fine.”

He went on to assure the public that Iran will “defeat” the virus. “Many might get infected, but we have enough effective medicine,” he said. “Take care of yourselves.”

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