The announcement about Iraj Harirchi came a day after he was seen sweating and appeared uncomfortable at a news conference.
The man tasked with tackling the new coronavirus in Iran has himself tested positive for the virus.
The authorities’ announcement about Iraj Harirchi came a day after he was seen sweating and appeared uncomfortable at a news conference about the outbreak.
Mr Harirchi, deputy health minister and head of Iran’s anti-coronavirus taskforce, posted a video online confirming he had the virus and was self-isolating at home.
He promised that officials would bring the outbreak of COVID-19 – the disease caused by novel coronavirus – under control.
Meanwhile, an MP for Tehran, Mahmoud Sadeghi, has also been infected.
Iran has the highest number of virus-related deaths outside China – at least 16 – and has urged people in many provinces to stay at home.
Concerts and football matches have been cancelled, and schools and universities were closed.