Iran’s vice president, Masoumeh Ebtekar tests positive for Coronavirus

IRANIAN VICE PRESIDENT Masoumeh Ebtekar has become infected with the coronavirus, state news in Tehran reported Thursday, adding to the already mounting concern in the country as the virus continues to spread.

ANKARA, TURKEY - (ARCHIVE): A file photo dated on January 20, 2019 shows Iranian Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar makes a speech during the press conference on rights of women and children in Tehran, Iran. Masoumeh Ebtekar tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Ebtekhar, who advises President Hassan Rouhani on family and women's matters, was placed under quarantine.

 Iran has struggled to contain the spread of the virus, which causes a disease called COVID-19, and also confirmed Thursday that 26 people in Iran have died from the virus. 

More than 400 are suspected of carrying it, and Iran has confirmed 245 cases. 

The government has closed down educational and cultural institutions across the country, and reportedly distributed hundreds of thousands of "sanitation packs" to help contain the virus, including to Qom province where local health authorities believe the virus originated.

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