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Iran's H1N1 flu death toll reaches 33

Health officials have announced that swine flu has already claimed the lives of 33 Iranians, bringing the national tally to 2,153.

According to Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, 515 new confirmed cases of swine flu have been reported in the country in the past week, adding that the infection rate has increased to 2,153.

In the same period, 11 individuals have also died due to the A/H1N1 flu.

The Health Ministry and the Majlis Health Committee are seriously opposed to allowing Iranians to go on hajj this year due to the swine flu epidemic. However, the Health Ministry and lawmakers have no jurisdiction over the issue and other officials must decide about whether to cancel Hajj 2009 for Iranians. But the Health Ministry will not allow people over the age of 60, young children, and pregnant women to go on hajj this year.

Iranian Health officials have reported 19 new student cases of H1N1 in Tehran townships, resulting in the closure of 270 classrooms in the province.