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Head of Iran's Emergency Medical Services Diagnosed With Coronavirus - Reports

© AP Photo / HASAN SARBAKHSHIANIranian ambulance (File)
Iranian ambulance (File) - Sputnik International
Earlier in the day, the Iranian Health Ministry reported 835 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours with 77 deaths and 2,336 infected.

Iranian ILNA outlet reported on Tuesday that Dr Pirhossein Kollwand, the head of the country's emergency services, has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

Kolivand's "health is good and there is no need for concern", the office said in a statement, according to ILNA.

At the same time, several Iranian outlets reported that Adviser to Iran's Judiciary Head Ahmad Tuiserkani has allegedly died from coronavirus.

The reports come hours after the country's health ministry released updated information on coronavirus cases in the country, saying that 835 new cases of coronavirus had been registered in the last 24 hours with 77 deaths and 2,336 infected.

Iran is one of the hardest-hit countries outside China - the birthplace of the virus.

The day before, it was reported that Seyed Mir-Mohammadi, a member of the advisory body to the Supreme Leader, died of complications from the coronavirus.

Iranian women wear protective masks to prevent contracting coronavirus, as they walk in the street in Tehran, Iran February 25, 2020.  - Sputnik International
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Since being registered in December, the novel coronavirus has spread to more than 50 countries, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a global health emergency. 

So far, the virus infected more than 90,000 people in mainland China, while over 3,000 people died and nearly 40,000 have recovered. According to the latest WHO data, the number of those infected outside China has exceeded 7,000, while over 100 people have died.

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