Coronavirus Spreads In Iran, Piling More Problems On The Sanctions-Hit Country


    The woman had had enough. She turned and stormed out of Dr. Rodmanish Pharmacy, before NPR could ask her name. “No masks, no gloves,” she fumed. “They don’t have anything here!” Similar scenes have played out in pharmacies across Iran’s capital of Tehran. The outbreak of the new coronavirus has sent Iranians scrambling to avoid becoming another statistic in a country with more deaths from the disease than any besides China. Iran has reported 77 deaths from the COVID-19 illness, and 2,336 confirmed cases of infection, as of Tuesday. On Monday, Mohammad Mirmohammadi, a 71-year-old member of a council that advises Iran’s supreme leader, became one of the latest casualties — the first senior official to die from the coronavirus. Iranian Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi (left) wipes the sweat off his face, during a news conference with government spokesman Ali Rabiei in Tehran on Feb. 23. The next day, Harirchi confirmed he tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Mehdi Bolourian /


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