Iran state media, which is notoriously unreliable, claims nearly 10% of Iranian lawmakers have been infected with the coronavirus.
Iran state media also recently claimed the virus has killed 92 people in Iran and there are 2,922 confirmed cases.
USAToday reports nearly 10% of Iranian lawmakers have been infected with the coronavirus, Iranian state media reported Tuesday, as the country accused of concealing information about the virus struggles to contain an outbreak that has hit the highest levels of government.
The prevalence of coronavirus among Iran’s political leadership appears to be a unique example of the virus’ deep impact on a nation’s authorities, even compared to China, the epicenter of the disease, where there are 80,151 confirmed cases and 2,943 deaths.
Iranian media reported that 23 members of the Islamic Republic’s parliament now have the virus, as does the head of the country’s emergency services.
On Monday, Mohammad Mirmohammadi, a close confidante and adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, died of coronavirus. The virus has also killed Iran’s former ambassador to the Vatican, as well as a recently elected member of parliament.
“These people have a close relationship with the people and they carry different viruses from different parts of the country, which may create a new virus, so we recommend the lawmakers to cut off their relationship with the public for now,” lawmaker Abdolreza Mesri told Iranian state TV’s Young Journalists Club program.