Coronavirus death toll in Iran rises to 237

Coronavirus death toll in Iran rises to 237
Iranian regime on Monday (March 9) reported 43 new deaths from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the overall toll to 237 dead.

"In the past 24 hours, 595 new cases infected with coronavirus were identified in the country and the overall number of those infected rose to 7,167," Alireza Vahabzadeh, an adviser to the regime’s health minister said in a tweet.

"So far, 2,394 of the confirmed cases have recovered," he added.

Fatemeh Rahbar, a newly elected lawmaker from Tehran and Hossein Sheikholeslam, former Iranian ambassador to Syria were among those who died last week.

Iran is one of the countries outside China most affected by the epidemic.

The coronavirus has claimed the lives of several other Iranian officials, including an adviser to Iranian regime’s supreme leader and a former envoy to the Vatican.

A number of other officials have tested positive for the virus, including Vice President Masumeh Ebtekar, Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi, and more than 20 parliament deputies.

Based on AFP, RFE

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