Tehran Moves to Contain Coronavirus

Iran is also dealing with the coronavirus threat. Iran announced measures to prevent the spread of the virus, which include limiting parliamentarians’ contact with the public, as there are 23 new cases of the virus in the parliament. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has also ordered the military to assist the Health Ministry in combatting the virus. Iran has the highest rate of infection outside of China, where the virus originated. Reported by Fox News (03/03/20). Read more…

Authorities have warned that they may use “force” to limit travel in the country in an effort to blunt the spread of the virus. Kianoush Jahanpour, the head of Iran’s Health Ministry, said 124 people have died from the virus, while another 4,747 have been infected. Reported by Fox News (3/07/20). Read more…

Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has accused the United States using the virus as a biological attack. An Iranian news agency reported that Salami claimed the virus may be the product of an “American biological invasion.” Reported by Fox News (03/05/20). Read more…

At least one high-ranking official has been killed by coronavirus. Hossein Sheikholeslam, 68, a former ambassador to Syria has died. Sheikholeslam is famous in Iran for being a leader of the radical students who stormed the American embassy in Iran in 1979 and took 52 Americans hostage for 444-days. The virus has also killed several other Iranian officials, including Mohammad Mirmohammadi, a member of the council that advises supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Reported by Fox News (03/07/20). Read more…