Iranian parliament newly elected MP Fatema Rahbar has died due to coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, according to a local media report on Saturday.
According to the report, a member of the Central Committee of the Islamic Union Party is being treated in a hospital in Iran to treat a new virus.
There were reports on Friday about her condition. Rahbar “is connected to an oxygen cylinder and doctors are worried about her condition.” The semi-official ISNA news agency reported that it was in a coma.
Rahbar served as a Member of Parliament from 2004 to 2016 and was recently re-elected in an Iranian poll on February 21.
Many Iranian officials, including two Iranian vice-presidents, advisers to two top leaders Ali Khamenei and vice-minister of health have been infected with the corona virus.
Iran has been hit hard by an outbreak of coronavirus. According to recent reports from Iranian officials, more than 4,700 people were infected and 124 died from Friday, the highest number in the Middle East. At the same time, it has been reported that more than 900 of the disease have recovered.
The country continues to take strict measures to curb further spread. The disease was reportedly brought to Iran by a businessman from the city of Qom, Iran, and the businessman was still traveling in China despite official warnings. The man died of illness.
Several neighboring countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait, have banned access to Iran to prevent the spread of new viruses.
The Islamic Republic only announced its first coronavirus infection and death on February 19.