Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei has been hospitalised with the novel Coronavirus, the government’s office announced on Monday.

Rabiei, who is also an adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is receiving treatment, after testing positive for the virus, but his “overall conditions are good.” He is the latest official to have contracted the disease.

“Considering that government spokesman Ali Rabiei has developed some symptoms of Covid-19, the news conference, which was scheduled to be held on Tuesday, was canceled for the purpose of observing health protocols,” the spokesman’s office said, according to IRNA.

Several senior officials, members of the cabinet and Iranian elites have been infected with Coronavirus, with the country being the worst-hit by the pandemic in the Middle East.

Following the easing of Coronavirus restrictions in mid-April, the country has noted a huge surge in COVID-19 infections.

As of publication, Iran has reported more than 293,000 cases and almost 16,000 deaths. Only on Monday, the country reported 212 more deaths Health Ministry spokesperson Sima Sadat Lari reported.

Over the weekend, President Rouhani urged people to respect the health protocols and social-distancing measures during the upcoming Muslim festivities

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