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The same Iranian lawmakers who routinely chant “death to America” are going to be dependent on America’s pharmaceutical industry to save them from the coronavirus. 

After China, Iran has been among the most severely impacted by the coronavirus, which has made its way from affecting just the general population to the ruling class. 

Among the first notable Iranians to be diagnosed with coronavirus was Iranian vice president Masoumeh Ebtekar, known for her role as the spokeswoman for the hostage takers in 1979 after radical students sieged the U.S. embassy. A newly elected lawmaker also passed away earlier in the month. While official news agencies say he died of the flu, others say it was likely coronavirus

And they’re not the only ones. Nearly one in ten members of Iran’s parliament has been diagnosed with coronavirus. According to Fox News: Iran on Tuesday announced new measures to slow the spread of the new coronavirus and reported that the country has seen 2,336 cases and 77 deaths since the outbreak.

An Iranian lawmaker reportedly has told colleagues to stop their contact with public as there are 23 cases of the new coronavirus among parliament members. Experts still worry Iran’s percentage of deaths to infections, now around 4.4%, is much higher than other countries, suggesting the number of infections in Iran may be far greater than current figures show. 

Iran’s parliament has 290 members, meaning that 8% of their entire legislative body has been infected… so far.

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