The Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Masoumeh Ebtekar, gives a speech during the opening session of the 2015 World Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Le Bourget near Paris, France, on November 30, 2015.
Masoumeh Ebtekar, one of Iran’s vice presidents, has a corona virus.
Ebtekar is perhaps best known outside of Iran for her role as a speaker for Iranian students who took dozens of hostages at the U.S. embassy in Tehran in the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.
More than two dozen people have died of coronavirus in Iran.
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Masoumeh Ebtekar, Iran’s vice president of women’s and family affairs, has been infected with coronavirus, the Associated Press reported Thursday.
Ebtekar is the first member of the cabinet of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to be infected with the novel (new) corona virus. She was only in a meeting with Rouhani and the Iranian cabinet on Wednesday.
Other Irish officials, including Iran’s Deputy Minister of Health Iraj Harirchi, have tested positive for the corona virus.
Harirchi on Monday seemed physically uncomfortable and uncomfortable during a press conference.
So far, over two dozen people have died of corona viruses in Iran since the outbreak occurred there. This is the highest number of deaths from the virus outside of China.
The virus, which causes a respiratory disease known as COVID-19, has so far killed over 2,800 people and infected over 82,000 worldwide. Although the vast majority of cases are in China, where the virus originated, it is now common in at least 40 other countries.
Ebtekar was the English-speaking speaker who was known to the media as “Mary” during the Iranian hostage crisis when Iranian students stormed and occupied the US embassy in Tehran.
The hostage crisis began in November 1979 during the Islamic Revolution. Initially, 66 American hostages were taken, but that number dropped to 52 by July 1980 because hostages were released for various reasons. The crisis lasted 444 days and ended on January 20, 1981.
Iran and the US have been opponents ever since.
The United States is taking steps to prepare for the coronavirus after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that its spread to the United States was inevitable. The first possible case of the virus spreading in the community was identified in California on Wednesday.
According to the CDC, “Community spread means the spread of a disease for which the source of the infection is unknown.” However, the CDC also said that the patient in California may have been exposed to a returning traveler who was infected.
President Donald Trump has been bipartisanly criticized for his approach to the corona virus, and public health experts have raised serious concerns about his government’s conflicting news about the threat to the United States. Trump has tried to downplay the effects of coronavirus in the US as the CDC tells Americans to expect “serious” disorders.