Those sick include Vice-President Masoumeh Ebtekar, better known as “Sister Mary,” the English-speaking spokeswoman for the students who seized the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979 and sparked the 444-day hostage crisis, state media reported.
Also sick is Iraj Harirchi, the head of an Iranian government task force on the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the temporary release of prisoners has raised hopes of an early release for the jailed British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, according to a British MP.
In a tweet, Tulip Siddiq cited the Iranian ambassador to the UK as saying that Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe “may be released on furlough today or tomorrow”.
Her husband said last week that he believed she had been infected with coronavirus at Tehran’s notorious Evin prison and that officials were refusing to test her.
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