- Iran's vice president, Masoumeh Ebtekar, has tested positive to the deadly coronavirus
- Ebtekar's case was confirmed shortly after the deadly virus marked down the country's health minister
- The virus is now responsible for at least 26 deaths in the country out of about 254 cases so far reported
As coronavirus spreads across countries like a raging wildfire, the vice president of Iran, Masoumeh Ebtekar, has also been hit with the deadly viral infection.
Fox News reports that Ebtekar who is the vice president for women and affairs tested positive to the virus shortly after the country's health minister was marked down by the disease.
Legit.ng gathers that the virus is now responsible for at least 26 deaths in the country out of about 254 cases reported.
There are fears that Iran does not have adequate facilities or preparations to contain the virus as it reportedly has a much higher death rate compared to other countries.
Travel restrictions have been banned in some areas while congregation prayers have also been cancelled in some cities. The virus has also led to the closure of some schools as people are advised to stay at home and avoid shaking hands.
The country's authorities, however, insisted that no region in the country would be quarantined, noting that individuals with similar symptoms will be quarantined.
The health ministry in Iran said new laboratories are being used to conduct tests while the number of cases in the country could increase.
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Earlier, Nigeria's federal ministry of health confirmed the first case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in the most populous African country.
The case, which was confirmed on Thursday, February 27 is the first to be reported in the country since the beginning of the outbreak the viral disease in China in January.
The case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on Tuesday, February 25.
A statement signed by the minister of health, Dr Osagie Enahire, said the case was confirmed by the virology laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.
“The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos,” the statement noted.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has immediately activated its national emergency operations centre to work closely with Lagos state health authorities to respond to this case and implement firm control measures.
“I wish to assure all Nigerians that have we have been beefing up our preparedness capabilities since the first confirmation of cases in China, and we will use all the resources made available by the government to respond to this case,” the minister stated.
Meanwhile, as the deadly coronavirus spreads across the world, killing and infecting many, a Nigerian is in the face of it all doing what he can to save humanity.
Olatoye Babatunde, a 24-year-old student, is giving his all as a volunteer in China to ensure the citizens are safe.
He measures the temperature of people living in his community, Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu province. Olatoye started his volunteering on Thursday, February 6.
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