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47 lawmakers of Iran’s Parliament test positive for COVID-19

Iran’s parliament has temporarily suspended its sessions because of an outbreak of COVID-19 among MPs as the Omicron variant spreads across the country at an explosive rate, APA’s Tehran bureau reports.

Senior lawmaker Nezam Mousavi announced on Monday that at least 47 members of the 290-member parliament have tested positive for the virus, prompting it to cancel its public sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Parliamentary commissions also suspended their sessions this week as per guidelines by the national anti-coronavirus task force.

The Iranian parliament was previously suspended for two weeks in April 2021 during an outbreak among MPs. During the first wave of the pandemic in early 2020, several lawmakers died from coronavirus.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency