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Former Iranian PM Mousavi, underneath home arrest, exams constructive for COVID-19

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Nov 16, 2020 Foremer Iranian Prime Minister and opposition determine Mir Hossein Mousavi and his spouse have contracted COVID-19 whereas underneath home arrest, a pro-reform web site reported on Sunday, because the nation information a worrying uptick in new coronavirus instances. Mousavi, 79, and activist Zahra Rahnavard “were examined by a doctor at their home … and their general state of health is good,” mentioned opposition web site Kaleme. Security forces put Mousavi and Rahnavard underneath home arrest nearly a decade in the past following the mass protests throughout Iran referred to as the Green Movement. Mousavi ran a Reformist marketing campaign to unseat incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose reelection sparked the nation’s largest unrest because the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Former Reformist candidate Mehdi Karroubi was additionally positioned underneath home arrest in 2011. Iran’s present president, Hassan Rouhani, has since did not ship on pledges made throughout his 2013 and 2017 campaigns to finish the trio’s arbitrary detention. It’s unclear when Mousavi and Rahnavard contracted the coronavirus, however it’s believed they’re allowed visits at their home from a restricted variety of family members and different visitors. Iran remains to be grappling with the worst coronavirus outbreak within the Middle East. On Monday, the Health Ministry reported the loss of life toll was nearing 42,000 and complete instances had surpassed 775,100 because the nation’s preliminary outbreak in February. The capital, Tehran, particularly, has seen an alarming variety of new instances. On Sunday, head of the Tehran City Council chairman Mohsen Hashemi warned the loss of life depend within the metropolis was on observe to reach 1,000 per day. Rouhani mentioned a surge in infections left the federal government with no alternative however to impose one other spherical of sweeping restrictions on nonessential actions. On Sunday, he referred to as for “the general mobilization of the nation and the government” to fight an approaching third wave of the virus. For two weeks starting Saturday, companies in Tehran and roughly 100 different high-risk cities should shut their doorways. Only well being facilities, grocery shops and different important providers can stay open.

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