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Sunday, 09 May 2021 6.20 AM IST

COVID-19: Selfless Iranian teacher dies while teaching on hospital bed


TEHRAN: Maryam Arbabi, one of the committed teachers of Garmeh city in Iran’s North Khorasan province, who was teaching on the hospital bed, passed away after days of fighting the coronavirus.

Working for 22 years, Arbabi was a primary school teacher in Garmeh, who despite her illness and hospitalization in the intensive care unit and acute respiratory condition, did not stop teaching the students even in the last moments of her life.

A photo of this compassionate teacher on a hospital bed while teaching has become viral among social media users in the country these days, according to Tehran Times.

All educational centers in Iran were closed in late February due to the coronavirus pandemic, but for students to keep in touch with their studies, the Ministry of Education launched a homegrown mobile application on April 9, called SHAD, providing students with distance learning programs.

Meanwhile, the third wave of the pandemic has just flared up in the country, as the new cases of coronavirus in Iran hit an all-time high. So, the officials decided to increase the restrictions and stick to e-learning schools.

In a press briefing on Friday, Health Ministry spokesperson Sima Sadat Lari confirmed 11,737 new cases of COVID-19 infection, raising the total number of infections to 738,322. She added that 546,642 patients have so far recovered, but 5,630 still remain in critical conditions of the disease.

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