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World Outbreak: Many Iranian Officials Have Died or Been Infected with the Coronavirus

The Novel Coronavirus is taking a severe toll in Iran. Iran government reported 9,000 infected cases on March 11, though many people suspected the actual number is much higher.

Jerusalem Post reported that the virus is spreading among the country’s elites, particularly the religious establishment and Islamic Revolutionary Gard Corps (IRGC) circles. It listed the following officials and clerics as being impacted by the virus:


  • Massoumeh Ebtekar, Vice President
  • Iraj Haririchi, Deputy Health Minister
  • Mustafa Pourmohammadi, a former Justice Minister and Deputy at the Intelligence Ministry
  • Pirhossein Kolivand, a top official of the Emergency Medical Services
  • Esmail Najjar, an official of the “Crisis Management” Department, Interior Ministry
  • At least 24 Members of the Parliament
  • Mojtaba Rahmanzadeh, a local mayor of district 13 in Tehran
  • Mojtaba Zonnour, a cleric and National Security Official from Qom
  • Mojtaba Fazeli, an adviser to a senior cleric


  • Fatemeh Rahbar, Member of Parliament from Tehran
  • Mohammad Ali Ramezani, Member of Parliament from Gilan.
  • Seyyed Mohammad Mir Mohammadi, a member of the Expediency Council and former Chief of Staff for Ayatollah Khamenei.
  • Hossein Sheikholeslam, an adviser to the Foreign Minister
  • Ahmad Toyserkani, an adviser to judiciary member Ebrahim Raisi
  • Reza Pourkhanali, an Agriculture Ministry official
  • Mohammed Reza Rachamani, politician
  • Hamed Jalali Kashani, an activist
  • Mohammad Haj Abolghasemi, IRGC’s Basij Force
  • Ramezan Pourghassem, IRGC ground forces
  • Abdollah Jafarzadeh, a high-ranking officer of the IRGC
  • Farzad Tazari, IRGC official
  • Rasoul Azizi, head of Gilan’s police inspection unit
  • Akbar Dehghan, cleric of Qom
  • Ayatollah Mohsen Habib
  • Ali Khalafi, cleric
  • Ayatollah Reza Mohammadi Langroudi
  • Mousa Torabzedeh from Astaneh-ye Ashhrafiyeh in Gilan
  • Ali Hosseini, cleric of Aliabad-e-Katul in Golestan
  • Mostafa Amini, cleric
  • Nematollah Javadi Bamiani, cleric
  • Reza Modarresi, cleric

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Source: Jerusalem Post, March 11, 2020