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21 more die from coronavirus in Iran, upping toll to 145

Iran says 21 more people have died from the coronavirus, bringing the country’s death toll to 145.
Iran says 21 more people have died from the coronavirus, bringing the country’s death toll to 145.Arash Khamooshi/The New York Times

Iran says 21 more people have died from the coronavirus, bringing the country’s death toll to 145. More than 1,000 infections were also confirmed overnight totaling some 5,823 cases nationwide.

Iran has the vast majority of cases in the Mideast. The capital, Tehran, has the most infections, with more than 1,500 cases, followed by the Shiite holy city of Qom with 668 and the northern province of Mazandaran with 606.

South Korea — the hardest-hit country after China — reported 448 new cases on Saturday for a total of 7,041. South Korea also reported four more deaths, raising the death toll to 48.

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Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency is also reporting that a newly elected lawmaker from Tehran has died after contracting the coronavirus.

The lawmaker, 55-year-old Fatemeh Rahabar, was recently elected to serve in the incoming parliament that begins work in May.

Earlier this week, Iranian lawmaker Abdolreza Mesri told state television that 23 members of the current parliament had the coronavirus and he urged all lawmakers to avoid the public.