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Iran's Parliament Speaker Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Goes Into Quarantine

Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani attends a news conference in Damascus, Syria February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani attends a news conference in Damascus, Syria February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Ali Larijani is the highest-ranking official in the Iranian government to test positive for the virus and the illness it causes.

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Iran's parliament says speaker Ali Larijani has tested positive for the new coronavirus and is in quarantine.

Larijani is the highest-ranking official within Iran's government to test positive for the virus and the COVID-19 illness it causes.

Parliament announced Larijani's illness on Thursday on its website, saying he was receiving treatement in quarantine.

Iran has one of the world's worst outbreaks of the virus.


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