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Iran's deputy health minister tests positive for COVID-19 Updated: 2020-02-26 16:14:29 KST

After being seen coughing, sweating and wiping his forehead during a news conference on Monday, … Iran's deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi has tested positive for the new coronavirus.
He confirmed the news himself in a video clip published online.

"I would like to inform you that I have been infected with coronavirus, I had a fever yesterday. My first test was positive last night, and I have isolated myself. They informed me a few minutes ago that my final test definitely is positive. I'm starting my treatment and my general condition is not bad."

Iran's death toll from the virus rose to 16 as of Tuesday, …the highest outside of mainland China.
The country has become the epicenter of the disease in the Middle East with 95 confirmed cases so far.
However, many have expressed concerns that Tehran is underreporting the true numbers.
In the U.S., the Secretary of Health and Human Services said the country must prepare for more cases of the coronavirus …and it must build up its stockpile of protective gear for healthcare workers.
He said the U.S. currently has about 30 million face masks, …but experts suggest 300 million would be needed in a widespread outbreak.
On Monday, the White House requested two.five billion U.S. dollars in emergency funding to fight the virus.
Park Se-young, Arirang News.
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