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 - Entertainment News Today April 05, 2020: Kriti Sanon Bonding With Alia Bhatt-Shaheen Bhatt Over Baking Tips is Best Thing For Their Fans on Internet Today

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 - Assam: Health Officials on Their Toes as COVID-19 Positive Businessman Met 111 People; Spanish Garden Society Sealed

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 - 9 PM, 9 Minutes Today: Power Preparations to Begin From 6 PM For India's Big Blackout Against Covid-19

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.