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Afshin Nariman – May 23


During the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, Iran reported its first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infections on 19 February 2020 in Qom.[2] As of 11 March 2020, according to Iranian health authorities, there had been 354 COVID-19 deaths in Iran with a total of around 9,000 confirmed infections.As of the same date, Iran has the third highest number of COVID-19 deaths after Mainland China and Italy, the highest in Western Asia and the third-highest number of SARS-CoV-2 cases, surpassed by only Mainland China and Italy. In late February 2020, non-Iranian-government sources stated estimates of the numbers of SARS-CoV-2 infections and COVID-19 deaths that were much higher than official values. Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani claimed on 24 February that the number of COVID-19 deaths was 50 in Qom.[6] BBC Persian estimated on 28 February, from Iranian hospital sources, a total of 210 COVID-19 deaths in Iran.[7] Iranian officials denied Amirabadi’s[6] and BBC Persian’s estimates.[7] The World Health Organization’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that “the WHO has its ‘own mechanism’ for checking facts and has not seen problems with Iran’s reported figures”.[8] Some sources, including a Senior US official[according to whom?], said that the Iranian government lied “and their media was instructed not to report on the coronavirus outbreak as it rapidly spread from the religious city of Qom to other cities”.[9][10][11][12] Multiple senior Iranian officials have been diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 positive: deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi,[13] Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar, Chairman of Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Affairs Committee Mojtaba Zolnour,[14] and head of emergency medical services Pirhossein Kolivand.[15] 23 members of the Iranian Parliament, around 8% of all MPs, were reported to have been infected by 3 March 2020.[16] Iran’s first ambassador to the Vatican, Hadi Khosroshahi,[17] Member of Expediency Discernment Council Mohammad Mirmohammadi, diplomat Hossein Sheikholeslam, former and newly elected MP Fatemeh Rahbar and Mohammad-Reza Rahchamani[18] also died from COVID-19