Iran’s female member of parliament dies of Coronavirus

Tehran – Iranian conservative politician and member of parliament died due to the novel coronavirus on Saturday in Tehran, state news agecy IRNA reported.

56-year-old Fatemah Rahbar fell into coma on Thursday due to the coronavirus infection and was admitted to the hospital, after two days she succumbed to death.

She was among the top candidates in Tehran for the conservatives, who overwhelmingly won February’s general election.

Other Iranian officials who died due to the virus:

Iran’s former ambassador to Vatican and Khomeini’s former representative in the Ministry of Islamic Guidance Sayyed Hojatol Eslam Hadi Khosroshai died on February 27 due to coronavirus.

On Tuesday, an official of Basij Resistance Force Mohammad Haj Abolghasemi died due to the coronavirus infection.

Two influential clerics Akbar Dehghan and Reza Mohammadi Langroudi also died due to the virus last week.

Other Iranian officials, including Iran’s deputy health minister, Iraj Harirchi, and vice-president of women affairs, Ebtekar Masouneh have tested positive for the coronavirus.

According to a preliminary analysis by Canadian researchers quoted by IranWire, the true number of coronavirus cases in Iran may be upwards of 18,000.