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Second Iranian lawmaker dies of novel coronavirus

07 March 2020  

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TEHRAN: An Iranian lawmaker has died from coronavirus, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported Saturday, in another sign the disease is spreading within state institutions.

Iran is one of the countries outside China most affected by the epidemic. As of Friday, the country had reported 4,747 infections.

The lawmaker who died on Friday was Fatemeh Rahbar, Tasnim announced. The 55-year-old Tehran-born conservative had recently been elected to parliament to represent the capital Tehran.

It did not say if she was included in the country’s official toll of 124 deaths from the virus, given on Friday. Rahbar is the second lawmaker and one of seven politicians to have died in the outbreak since the country reported its first cases in mid-February.

On March 2, Tasnim reported the death of Mohammad Mirmohammadi, a member of the Expediency Council, intended to resolve disputes between parliament and the Guardian Council, a governmental body that vets electoral candidates among other duties.

(With inputs from agencies)

Publish Date : 07 March 2020 20:27 PM

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