- Mohammad Ali Ramazani Dastak was recently elected as the representative for Astana Ashrafieh
- Iran's Ministry of Health spokesperson Kianush Jahanpur said at least 43 people have died from the illness in the country
- The epidemic which started in Wuhan, China, has so far killed more than 2,800 people and infected more than 83,000 worldwide
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An Iranian MP who contracted the novel coronavirus has died.
Mohammad Ali Ramazani Dastak was recently elected to represent Astana Ashrafieh and is believed to have tested positive for the disease a few days ago.
Dastak died on Saturday, February 29, and his demise was confirmed by the country's Ministry of Health according to a report by The Independent.
“Unfortunately nine people died of the virus in the last 24 hours, with death toll at 43 people” Kianush Jahanpur, the Islamic Republic's Ministry of Health spokesperson Kianush Jahanpur said.
The epidemic has killed at least 43 people in the Islamic Republic with 593 confirmed cases recorded.
Iran health officials have however, accused the government of cover up saying at least 210 people have died from the illness.
The country has the highest death toll outside of China, the epicentre of the outbreak that began in January 2020 and has so far killed more than 2,800 people and infected more than 83,000 worldwide.
In Africa, cases have been confirmed in Egypt and Algeria with Nigeria being the first in sub-Saharan Africa to report an incident.
Kenya has been ranked among the least prepared countries that can handle the illness if spreads to the country.
This was according to a study by an American journal, The Lancet, between January and February 2020.
The research assessed the preparedness of 13 African countries listed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as having the highest risk of importing the virus.
These were were Algeria, Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
In this, Kenya ranked poorly with only 11 beds ready to treat patients in case the illness spread to the country.
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