Iran’s death toll from the novel coronavirus has risen to 724, and the country has reported nearly 14,000 confirmed cases. Authorities are urging citizens to cancel all travel and stay at home. Tehran province reported the most new infections followed by Khorasan Razavi province, home to the holy Shiite city of Mashhad. Iran has screened 10 million people, among which 210,000 people have shown coronavirus symptoms. The country’s second round of parliamentary elections was to be held in mid-April but has been postponed to mid-September.
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In This Story: Iran
Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Elamite kingdoms in the fourth millennium BC. The Iranian Revolution established the current Islamic Republic in 1979.
Iran’s political system combines elements of a presidential democracy and an Islamic theocracy. Iran is a founding member of the UN, ECO, OIC, and OPEC. It is a major regional and middle power and has large reserves of fossil fuels — including the world’s largest natural gas supply and the third largest proven oil reserves.
The country’s rich cultural legacy is reflected in part by its 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Historically a multi-ethnic country, Iran remains a pluralistic society comprising numerous ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups, the largest being Persians, Azeris, Kurds, Mazandaranis and Lurs.
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In This Story: Tehran
Tehran is the capital of Iran, in the north of the country. Population: 8.694 million (2016).