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World Iran’s Vice President Tests Positive for Coronavirus

21:28  27 february  2020
21:28  27 february  2020 Source:   usnews.com

Iran votes in parliament elections that favors conservatives

  Iran votes in parliament elections that favors conservatives TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians began voting for a new parliament Friday, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran's leadership as sanctions weigh on the economy and isolate the country diplomatically. The disqualification of some 9,000 potential candidates, most of them reformists and moderates, raised the possibility of lower-than-usual turnout.Iran's leadership and state media urged voter participation, with some framing it as a religious duty. Earlier this week, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said high voter turnout will thwart "plots and plans” by Americans and supporters of Israel against Iran.

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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.

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.

In a message to medical staff on Thursday, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described the effort to contain the virus and treat the victims as a "difficult and momentous task."

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.

Thursday's news came a day after Russia – a key ally of Iran's – announced it would limit its visas for travel, and the same day Moscow said it would restrict all flights from Iran.

Masoumeh Ebtekar wearing a hat: 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) © Anadolu Agency via Getty Images 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)

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Coronavirus has claimed six U.S. lives; patients being treated in at least 15 states .
“We know there will be more cases,” Vice President Pence said at a news conference.Four deaths announced Monday and two others this weekend all occurred in Washington state, the center of the nation’s most serious outbreak. Eight of the state’s 18 cases, as well as four of the deaths, are linked to the Life Care Center nursing home in Kirkland, Wash., and at least 50 other residents and staff members have reported coronavirus-like symptoms. King County leaders declared a state of emergency, and health officials said they are trying to figure out how far the outbreak has expanded into surrounding counties.

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