Member Of Austrian Delegation To Tehran Tests Positive For Coronavirus

February 27, 2020
An Austrian newspaper on Thursday reported that a member of the Austrian Foreign Ministry delegation that visited Tehran on February 22 has contracted COVID-19 (coronavirus) and has been quarantined in a Vienna hospital.

Iran announced a coronavirus outbreak on February 19 with the first two deaths reported on the same day.

The Austrian delegation headed by Alexander Schallenberg, the Foreign Minister of Austria, met with President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during their stay in Tehran.

Before receiving the Austrian Foreign Minister at the Mirrors Hall of the Foreign Ministry, Iran's Foreign Minister joked with the present journalists and said he had to shake hands. "I'm not carrying coronavirus," he said laughing.

The unnamed Austrian member of the delegation had remained in Iran until Monday, February 24 by which time he already had some symptoms. Upon his return to Austria he sought medical advice by calling the health hotline but was not taken seriously and was several times told to go to his family doctor.

It was not until Thursday that he took h