Nine Iranian MPs test positive for coronavirus

Al-Monitor – Iran has continued to see a rise in coronavirus-related deaths as the virus spreads across provinces.

Iran has seen its coronavirus infections and related deaths continue to rise as the virus spreads across the country. According to Health Ministry Spokesperson Sima Sadat Lari, total infections have exceeded 250,000. In the last 24 hours, there have been over 2,000 new coronavirus infections and 221 deaths, a record number of deaths for a daily period. Two days ago, Iran had reached its previous high number of deaths at 200.

Due to the high number of infections across various provinces, Iran has continued to place travel and work restrictions throughout the country. Currently, there are nine provinces that have been labeled “red zones,” meaning they need to follow the most restrictive travel guidelines and follow all other social distancing and health guidelines. There are also 10 provinces that have been issued “warning labels,” meaning they could soon be labeled red zones, including the capital city of Tehran.

Despite hopes that Iran had brought the number of coronavirus-related deaths under control, it appears to still be spreading. According to Mohammad Hussein Farhanghi, spokesman for the board of directors for parliament, 100 parliamentarians had been recently tested and nine of them have tested positive. The new parliament has just recently started its term and had held a very contentious hearing with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

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