Fatemeh Rahbar Wiki
An Iranian lawmaker died from the novel coronavirus on Saturday, state news agency IRNA reported, one of several officials to succumb to the illness in the epidemic-hit country.
Fatemeh Rahbar, 55, was a conservative MP and had recently been elected to the parliament from the capital Tehran, the agency said.
She is the second lawmaker killed by the virus in Iran and one of seven politicians and government officials who have died in the outbreak since the country reported its first cases in mid-February.
Fatemeh Rahbar dies from coronavirus
Rahbar was one of the main candidates in Tehran for the conservatives, who overwhelmingly won the February general elections marked by the lowest participation in the history of the Islamic Republic. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohamamd Javad Zarif said later that US sanctions, imposed as of 2018, after Washington withdrew from a multilateral nuclear agreement, were undermining Iran’s battle against the coronavirus. The president of the United States, Donald Trump, “is maliciously tightening the illegal sanctions of the United States with the aim of depleting the resources of Iran necessary in the fight against # COVID-19, while our citizens are dying for that,” Zarif tweeted the Saturday.
“The world can no longer be silent as US #EconomicTerrorism is supplanted by its #MedicalTerrorism,” he said.
Iran has been struggling to contain the rapid spread of the virus and on Saturday it reported 21 new deaths and 1,076 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total tolls to 145 dead and 5,823 infected. “More than 16,000 people are currently hospitalized as suspect cases,” health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said at a televised press conference announcing tolls.
He added that 1,669 of confirmed cases have recovered from the illness.
Iran has closed schools and universities, suspended major cultural and sporting events and reduced working hours across the country to slow the contagion, which has spread to all of its 31 provinces.