The head of Iran's counter-coronavirus task force has tested positive for the virus himself.

The announcement regarding Iraj Harirchi came after a day after he gave a news conference that sought to minimise the danger posed by the outbreak.

Harirchi had been sweating and looked uncomfortable during the conference, in Tehran.

Deputy of Iranian health minister Iraj Harirchi (L) standing next to the Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabie (R) during a presser in Tehran, Iran, 24 February 2020 (issued 25 February). Media reported that Harirchi was diagnosed by coronavirus on 25 February

He posted an online video on Tuesday admitting he has the virus, and that he has quarantined himself at his home.

Harirchi promised that authorities would bring the outbreak under control.

An Iranian parliamentarian representing Tehran on Tuesday said he also had the virus.

"My corona test is positive ... I don't have a lot of hope of continuing life in this world," Mahmoud Sadeghi wrote on Twitter.

The United Arab Emirates, home to Emirates and Etihad, cut off Iranian flights from the country for at least a week.

Women wear face masks as a precaution against the outbreak of Coronavirus..With the spread of coronavirus in the world, the virus has hit Iran and Qom, Rasht has the highest number of people with coronavirus in Iran. Currently schools and universities in Gilan province are closed and people move less in the city.

The announcement came just hours after Dubai International Airport said there would be restrictions on Iran flights.

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 80,000 people globally, causing around 2700 deaths, mainly in China.

Iran's government said on Tuesday that 15 people had died nationwide from the virus, rejecting claims of a much higher death toll of 50 by a politician from the city of Qom, which has been at the epicentre of the virus in the country.

The conflicting reports raised questions about the Iranian government's transparency concerning the scale of the outbreak.

In this Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, photo, a man disinfects the shrine of Saint Masoumeh against coronavirus in the city of Qom 78 miles (125 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran

The new death toll came from health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour during an interview with Iranian state television.

He said there were 95 confirmed cases of the virus in Iran.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani sought to reassure the nation in a speech on Tuesday, calling the new coronavirus an "uninvited and inauspicious passenger".

"We will get through corona. We will get through the virus," he declared.

Source: 9News