New Delhi: Iranian Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar is the latest patient of the coronavirus outbreak, a state-run daily reported on Thursday after at least 26 people have died in Iran due to the deadly infection. The outbreak has ensued over 40 nations around the world. Also Read - Mumbai to Open Drive-in Vaccination Centres in Several Areas. Check List

If reports are to be believed, Ebtekar has become the first member of the Iranian cabinet to test positive with the novel coronavirus. Earlier today, the chairman of the Iranian parliament’s national security and foreign affairs committee Mojtaba Zolnour had reportedly tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. Also Read - CM Yogi Issues Fresh Instructions, Tasks Team-9 To Ensure All-Round Effort To Tackle Covid 2.0

Meanwhile, in an earlier report, lawmaker Mahmoud Sadeghi was quoted as saying to local media,”I give this message (of being affected by the virus) while I am less hopeful about staying alive.” Also Read - Covid-19: CSK Star Suresh Raina Urges For Oxygen, Bollywood Actor Sonu Sood Responds With Help

On Tuesday, a Ministry of Health and Medical Education official said the country’s deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi had also tested positive for COVID-19.

Iran’s Public Relations and Information Centre of Ministry of Health and Medical Education head Kianush Jahanpur had stated that Iran has increased the number of laboratories for testing the virus infection to seven.