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Korosh Erfani – May 22


During the COVID-19 pandemic, Iran reported its first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infections on 19 February 2020 in Qom.[3] The virus may have been brought to the country by a merchant from Qom who had travelled to China.[4] In response to the coronavirus the government cancelled public events and Friday prayers; closed schools, universities, shopping centres, bazaars, and holy shrines; and banned festival celebrations.[5][6] Economic measures were also announced to help families and businesses. The government initially rejected plans to quarantine entire cities and areas, and heavy traffic between cities continued ahead of Nowruz, despite the government’s intention to limit travel. The government later announced a ban on travel between cities following an increase in the number of new cases.[7][6] Some outside estimates of the numbers of COVID-19 deaths are much higher than those from government sources. The government has also been accused of cover-ups, censorship, and mismanagement. However, the World Health Organization says that it has not seen problems with Iran’s reported figures.[15] Multiple government ministers and senior officials have been diagnosed as SARS-CoV-2 positive, as well as 23 members of the Parliament (around 8% of all MPs).[16] At least 12 sitting or former Iranian politicians and officials had died from the virus by 17 March.[5] Notable Iranians reported to have died from COVID-19 include Hadi Khosroshahi,[17] Mohammad Mirmohammadi, Hossein Sheikholeslam, Fatemeh Rahbar, Reza Mohammadi Langroudi,[18] Mohammad-Reza Rahchamani,[19] Nasser Shabani,[20] Hashem Bathaie Golpayegani,[21] and Hamid Kahram