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Power Struggle Hampers Iran’s Coronavirus Response

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More senior government figures have caught the coronavirus in Iran than anywhere else. Field hospitals have been erected in parking lots, stadiums and wedding halls to handle the overflow of patients.
A top health official implored Iranians on Tuesday to avoid spreading the contagion by not traveling during the upcoming Persian New Year, saying anyone who ignored the advice was “inviting death.”
Iran has one of the world’s worst outbreaks, which kills at least 100 people and infects more 1,000 each day, yet with so much at stake, nobody knows who’s in charge.
Iran’s strategy for fighting the pandemic has been vexed by power struggles within its hierarchy that have erupted publicly.
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