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Iran Plagued With Plagues

Iran is dealing with a deadly outbreak of coronavirus. As of the weekend, 4,747 had been confirmed of which 124 were fatal. COVID-19 has affected every Iranian province, with the largest number of cases recorded in Tehran. A recently re-elected member of the Iranian parliament, Fatemeh Rahbar, died on Saturday 7 March 2020. Rahbar becomes the latest senior Iranian official to have died from coronavirus. Some 23 lawmakers tested positive for the illness as of late last week. In addition to the virus that has hit thousands in the Islamic Republic, massive swarms of desert locusts have been arriving in Iran’s southern regions. Government officials say the invasion is too huge to counter except with the use of pesticides. Reza Mir, Spokesman of Plant Protection Organization, said last week that the locusts have invaded the provinces of Hormozgan, Sistan and Baluchestan, Bushehr, Fars and Khuzestan. “The density of locusts in the swarms is so high that a 10-15 centimeter layer of dead locusts forms on the ground after spraying pesticides,” he said. (VFI News)