The virus may have been brought to the country by a merchant from Qom who had travelled to China. Iran became a centre of the spread of the virus in the Middle East, with more than ten countries tracing their cases back to Iran by 28 February. Government's actions include cancellation of public events and Friday prayers, closure of schools, universities, shopping centres and bazaars as well as holy shrines, and banning of festival celebrations. Economic measures were also announced to help families and businesses. The government has rejected plans to quarantine entire cities and areas, and heavy traffic between cities continued ahead of Nowruz despite the government's intention to limit travel. The government later announced a ban on travel between cities following an increase in number of new cases.
Some non-Iranian-government sources estimates of the numbers of COVID-19 deaths are much higher than official values. The Iranian government has also been accused of cover-ups, censorship and mismanagement. However, the World Health Organisation says that it has not seen problems with Iran's reported figures, although later a WHO official indicated that only a fifth of the cases may be identified in Iran due to testing being limited only to severe cases initially, as was the situation with some European countries.
20 February: 3 new cases were reported by the Ministry of Health. Two of them were from the city of Qom and one from Arak.
21 February: 13 new cases were reported. Seven cases are from Qom, 4 from Tehran, and 2 from Gilan Province. Two more people in Iran died from COVID-19.
22 February: the Ministry of Health reported 10 more infected cases bringing the total to 29 and two more deaths bringing the total to eight. Eight of the new cases were from the city of Qom and two from Tehran. The following day Iran's Health Minister Saeed Namaki said that one of those who died was a merchant from Qom who traveled regularly using indirect flights between China and Iran after direct flights were suspended between the two countries, and may have brought the virus from China.
23 February: the confirmed cases count rose to 43 over four cities and the COVID-19 death toll to eight.
24 February: Iran's Deputy Minister of Health, Dr.Iraj Harirchi, said that twelve people had died and up to 61 had been infected with the new coronavirus. Parliamentarian Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani's claimed that 50 people had died in Qom from COVID-19, which Harirchi denied. At the press conference, Harirchi coughed and sweated.
25 February: Dr. Iraj Harirchi tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection. The Iranian government first told Iranian citizens that the U.S. had "hyped COVID-19 to suppress turnout" during its government elections, and that it would "punish anyone spreading rumors about a serious epidemic." A closed parliamentary session including Health Minister Saeed Namaki and Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani was held. Body temperatures were tested prior to the meeting and three members of parliament, including Amirabadi Farahani, were requested to excuse themselves from the session and self-quarantine. All three attended the session. Amirabadi Farahani later spoke with journalists and gave television interviews wearing a mask and pair of gloves. Mahmoud Sadeghi, an MP from Tehran, also tested positive for the virus.
26 February: The Ministry of Health reported 44 more new confirmed cases to give a total of 139, with 4 new deaths.
A patient receiving treatment in a hospital in Tehran
27 February: The Ministry of Health reported 126 more new confirmed cases and 7 new deaths. Iran's Vice President of Iran for Women and Family Affairs, Masoumeh Ebtekar, was diagnosed with COVID-19, as well as the Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Affairs Committee, Mojtaba Zolnour. Iran's First Ambassador to the Vatican, Hadi Khosroshahi, died from COVID-19 infection in Qom.
28 February: the Ministry of Health reported 143 more new confirmed cases and 8 new deaths.
29 February: the Ministry of Health reported 205 more new confirmed cases and 9 new deaths. He also reported that 50 more people have recovered.
1 March: the Ministry of Health reported 385 more new confirmed cases and 11 new deaths. He also reported that 52 more people have recovered, bringing the total number to 175.
2 March: the Ministry of Health reported 523 more new confirmed cases and 12 new deaths. They also reported that 116 more people have recovered, bringing the total number to 291.Mohammad Mirmohammadi, a member of the Expediency Council which advises the Supreme LeaderAli Khamenei, was reported to have died of the disease.
3 March: the Ministry of Health reported 835 more new confirmed cases and 11 new deaths. 23 members of the Iranian Parliament were reported to have been infected. More than 54,000 prisoners were temporarily released to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The head of emergency medical services, Pirhossein Kolivand, was diagnosed with the disease.
4 March: the Ministry of Health reported 586 more new confirmed cases and 15 new deaths. They also reported that 552 people have recovered so far.
5 March: The Ministry of Health reported 591 more new confirmed cases and 15 new deaths. They also reported that 739 people had recovered so far.Mohammad Sadr [fa], a member of the Expediency Council, had reportedly been infected with coronavirus. Akbar Dehghan (head of Qom seminary interpretation staff), Ayatollah Mohsen Habibi (a member of the Supreme Council of Tehran's Seminaries), Former Ambassador to Syria Hossein Sheikholeslam died from the disease. Sheikholeslam was also an advisor to the foreign Minister Javad Zarif, and one of the leaders of the group which took hostage diplomats and employees of the US embassy in Tehran in 1979. Subsequently, all government officials were forbidden from international travel, and parliament was indefinitely suspended.
8 March: the Ministry of Health reported 743 more new confirmed cases and 49 new deaths. They also reported that 2134 people had recovered so far.
9 March: the Ministry of Health reported 595 more new confirmed cases and 43 new deaths. They also reported that another 260 people had recovered. Esmail Najjar [fa], the chief of Iran's Crisis Management Organization, was infected with coronavirus. Former MP Mohammad-Reza Rahchamani died from the virus. About 70,000 prisoners were temporarily released as coronavirus cases surge. Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei decided to cancel his Persian New Year speech which took place every year at the Imam Reza shrine, Mashhad. Farhad Tazari, the former head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ Political Bureau, also died of coronavirus.
10 March: the Ministry of Health reported 881 more new confirmed cases and 54 new deaths. They also reported that another 337 people had recovered. The death toll rose to 291.
11 March: The Ministry of Health reported 958 more new confirmed cases and 63 new deaths. They also reported that a total of 2,959 patients had recovered so far. Hassan Rouhani, Iran's President, has assumed the chairmanship of the national taskforce on combatting the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus, replacing the Health Minister at the request of lawmakers. Iran's First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri was infected with the virus. Other two sick officials were Ali Asghar Mounesan, minister of cultural heritage, handicrafts and tourism, and Reza Rahmani, minister of industry, mines and business.
People in Shiraz wearing facemasks next to a closed market
12 March: the Ministry of Health reported 1,075 more new confirmed cases and 75 new deaths. They also reported that 3,276 people had recovered so far. Member of Expediency Discernment CouncilAli Akbar Velayati was infected with the virus. Iran requested an emergency load of US$5 billion from the International Monetary Fund for the first time since the 1960s to help combat the virus outbreak. Khamenei said that the virus outbreak may be a "biological attack" on Iran.
13 March: The Ministry of Health reported 1,289 more new confirmed cases and 85 new deaths. They also reported that 3,529 people had recovered so far. Nasser Shabani, a senior commander of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), has died from the virus.
14 March: the Ministry of Health reported 1,365 more new confirmed cases and 97 new deaths. They also reported that 4,339 people had recovered so far. Minoo Mohraz, a member of committee to combat Coronavirus, tested positive for the virus.
16 March: the Ministry of Health reported 1,053 more new confirmed cases and 129 new deaths. They also reported that 4,996 people had recovered so far. Hashem Bathaie Golpayegani and economist Fariborz Raisdana died from the virus.
17 March: the Ministry of Health reported 1,178 more new confirmed cases and 135 new deaths. They also reported that 5,389 people had recovered so far. Sharif University published a study over number of possible casualties. Three scenarios were announced: If people cooperate now, Iran will see 120,000 infections and 12,000 deaths before the outbreak is over, if they offer medium cooperation, there will be 300,000 cases and 110,000 deaths. But if people fail to follow any guidance, it could collapse Iran's already strained medical system and there will be 4 million cases and 3.5 million deaths. Traditional Persian fire festival Chaharshanbe Suri were also banned by the government. About 85,000 prisoners were temporarily released due to the coronavirus, and two days later the government announced plans to pardon 11,000 prisoners, including those charged with political crimes.
18 March: the Ministry of Health reported 1,192 more new confirmed cases and 147 new deaths. They also reported that 5,710 people had recovered so far.
19 March: the Ministry of Health reported 1,046 more new confirmed cases and 149 new deaths. Former MP Hamid Kahram died from the coronavirus.
On 20 March, 1,237 new infections and 149 deaths were reported. Media reports suggested that heavy traffic continued for the Nowruz holiday. A government minister had warned that the crisis might continue for six months if the disease is not brought under control.
On 24 March, a new peak of 1,762 new cases were announced with 122 deaths reported. President Rouhani said that the number of patients admitted to hospitals in different provinces as well as deaths due to the virus had decreased, which he took to be promising. Iran accused Médecins Sans Frontières of being spies, and a team they had sent to Iran to help had been ordered to leave the country.
On 25 March, with new cases surpassing 2,000 for the first time, the government warned of a "second wave" of infection.
On 26 March, Iranian Health Ministry announced that 2,389 more people had become infected, with 157 new deaths.
On 27 March, daily new cases had increased to 2,926 with 144 deaths. Iranian media reported that nearly 300 people had died and over a thousand became ill due to methanol poisoning in the belief that drinking the alcohol can kill the virus in the body. Associated Press gave figures of around 480 deaths and 2,850 others affected. 70 inmates escaped Saqqez Prison in Kurdistan province.
On 28 March, the number of new cases exceeded 3,000 for the first time (3,076), with 139 reported new deaths. Prisoners in the western Iranian city of Hamadan rioted against the authorities' refusal to release them in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. They clashed with IRGC guards and set a part of the prison on fire with some of them succeeding in escaping. Prisoners in the city of Mahabad, in Iran's Kurdish region, also attempted to escape. Shootout occurred inside the prison; two people were reported killed while dozens managed to escape.
On 29 March, 2,901 new cases and 123 new deaths were announced. President Rouhani defended his government's response to the crisis, and said that according to health experts and doctors in Iran, "in some provinces, we have passed the peak [of the epidemic] and are on a downward trajectory".
On 30 March, there was a prison riot in the south of the country. 100,000 prisoners have been released as a measure to contain the pandemic, but an estimated 50,000 people are still behind bars, including violent offenders and so called “security cases”,dual nationals and others with Western ties.
Confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection cases and COVID-19 deaths in Iran (
Spokesperson of the Government Ali Rabiei and Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi at a press conference. Hours after the conference, it was announced that Harirchi himself tested positive for the virus
President Rouhani, however, said on 26 February 2020 that there are no plans to quarantine areas affected by the outbreak, and only individuals would be quarantined. Nevertheless, Iran's Health Ministry said that Friday prayers will not be held in Tehran and areas affected by the outbreak that week.
On 20 February, according to a letter of Iran's health ministry to the governor of Qom, a request was made to "limit the number of pilgrims at the Fatima Masumeh Shrine and other religious sites". However, Shia shrines in Qom remained open for pilgrims to congregate. The head of Fatima Masumeh shrine encouraged pilgrims to visit the shrine on 27 February: "We consider this holy shrine to be a place of healing."
The Iranian judiciary spokesman, Gholam Hossein Ismaili said that "he was activating a range of preventive measures including cutting the number of people being sent to jail and allowing some inmates out on temporary early release."
On 26 February, Iranian Cyber Police announced that to stop spreading photos and videos which are untrue and fake on coronavirus, notices were given to 118 people and 24 others were arrested. These indictments were considered vague by Article 19, and the government's attempt to control the information flow.
On 2 March 2020, the government announced plans to mobilise 300,000 soldiers and volunteers to combat the spread of the virus, as well as deploying drones and water cannon to disinfect streets. The government created an application and a website to combat the outbreak.
As confirmed cases mounted, Iran's health minister announced on 5 March 2020 that checkpoints would be placed between cities to limit travel, and schools and universities closed until the start of the holiday for Persian new year Nowruz on 20 March 2020. Citizens were also advised to avoid using banknotes. Major General Salami, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, stated "Iran is currently engaged in biological warfare and will definitely win the war". The government has indicated that it may use force to limit travel between cities.
On 9 March 2020, around 70,000 prisoners were temporarily released from prisons due to the outbreak ostensibly to limit the further spread of the disease within prisons. 85,000 prisoners including political prisoners were released in total by 17 March 2020.
On 13 March 2020, plan to clear streets, shops and public places in Iran by the Revolutionary Guards was announced. In addition, 1,000 fixed and mobile detection clinics would be set up, the army would work alongside medical staff as well as producing face masks and gloves, and army beds would be made available for patients. Iranian football player Mohammad Mokhtari who on 10 March had posted on Instagram, criticising the authorities’ handling of the coronavirus outbreak was arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. On 14 March, he was released after offering expressions of regret.
On 16 March 2020, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Fatima Masumeh Shrine, Jamkaran Mosque in Qom, and Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad were closed. Following this announcement, some people protested to enter the shrine but they were driven out of the shrine by servants and the doors were closed again.
On 17 March the government warned that "millions" might die from the coronavirus if people keep ignoring health guidelines and continue traveling. 90% of the 18,000 coronavirus cases in the Middle East have taken place in Iran; 988 people have died in the country.
The head of the Medical Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Mohammad Reza Zafarghandi, said on 18 March that 22 million Iranians had been screened and that the condition of a million and a half is being monitored. He also said the numbers given by the Health Ministry are those of confirmed cases, adding, "The reality is the real numbers are higher than the [reported] numbers."
On 23 March 2020, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that the US created "a special version" of the virus that was affecting the country. So he has refused the United States' offer to help Iran eradicate the coronavirus pandemic.
On 24 March, President Rouhani announced that the half of all government employees would work remotely at home.
On 25 March 2020, the government warned that Iran may be facing a second wave of coronavirus outbreak because people were ignoring guidance on travelling during the Nowruz holidays, and banned all new trips between cities.
26 March 2020 President Rouhani made a request to withdraw 1 billion dollars from National Development Fund which Supreme leader Khamenei left unanswered.
On 28 March 2020, President Rouhani announced that 20% of the country's annual budget would be allocated to fight the virus. The following day, he defended against criticisms of the government's response to the outbreak, saying that he needed to weigh protecting the country economy that was already affected by US sanctions while fighting the worst outbreak of the region.
On the last days of March,  all parks and public gardens were closed by the order of officials and police didn't let people entering.
On 1 April, Hassan Rouhani told that "Iranians had done "great work" and that the outbreak appeared to be receding in all provinces".He said that Iran is one of the much more successful country in comparison with others to control the virus while The US have imposed sanctions. 
On 20 February, a SARS-CoV-2 confirmed case was reported for a woman in her 30s who had arrived in Canada from Iran. On 25 February, a woman in her 60s, and the next day her husband, who was also in his 60s, tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.
On 21 February, Lebanon confirmed the first COVID-19 case, a 45-year-old woman travelling from Qom, Iran was admitted to a hospital in Beirut.
On 24 February, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Tajikistan, restricted and suspended all flights from and to Iran. The citizens of the United Arab Emirates were banned from traveling to Iran.Armenia also suspended flights to Iran but scheduled flights to repatriate its citizens from Iran. Neighbouring countries Kuwait, Iraq and Bahrain announced that it recorded their first coronavirus cases from people who came from Iran. According to the report of Oman's Health Ministry, there are two Omani women who visited Iran and now infected with the coronavirus.
On 26 February, Pakistan announced two persons had been diagnosed with COVID-19, one of them known to have visited Iran.Georgia confirmed the first COVID-19 case, a 50-year-old Georgian man who returned from Iran. China confirmed a man in Zhongwei, Ningxia, who returned from Iran, tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.Kazakhstan announced a plan to stop flights to and from Iran starting 1 March 2020.
On 27 February, Estonia confirmed the first COVID-19 case, an Iranian citizen living in Estonia who returned from Iran.Kuwait confirmed 43 cases of COVID-19, all of them involved people who had travelled to Iran in February.Germany, Norway, Sweden and Spain also confirmed new cases involving individuals with previous travels to Iran.Russia announced that it will limit flights to and from Iran except for those operated by Aeroflot and Mahan Air, and will also stop issuing visas to Iranian citizens starting 28 February 2020.
On 28 February, New Zealand and Belarus reported their first cases of COVID-19, both involving people who had traveled from Iran. New Zealand announced temporary restrictions on people travelling from Iran. Malaysia set up separate immigration lanes for travellers from countries with major COVID-19 outbreaks including Iran. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) upgraded the status of Iran to level 3 (avoid non-essential travels due to widespread community transmission).
On 29 February, Australia announced a ban on foreigners arriving directly from Iran, and required them to stay in a third country for 14 days before entering Australia. A woman returning from Iran had also tested positive for the virus.Azerbaijan later closed its border with Iran as two Azeri citizens were confirmed to have been infected in Iran. In Qatar, the first infection in a citizen evacuated from Iran was reported.
On 1 March 2020, Armenia announced its first case of coronavirus infection, identified in a man who had returned from Iran.
On 2 March 2020, Sweden announced that it had suspended flights operated by Iran Air, the first country to ban flights by the airline.
On 4 March 2020, Thailand declared that people travelling from Iran must be quarantined for 14 days after arriving with no exception.Iraq and Azerbaijan stopped letting trucks and imports coming from Iran to enter this country, earlier on 29 February Azerbaijan had closed its borders to the people coming from Iran.
On 5 March, India Delhi confirmed a case of a citizen who recently travelled to Iran.
Thailand announced the 46th and 47th confirmed cases of the country, a 22-year-old Chinese and 20-year-old Thai, who had recently travelled to Iran.
On 6 March 2020, Russia announced that it will temporary ban visitors arriving from Iran starting 7 March 2020.
On 9 March 2020, Iran has been recognized as a point of spreading coronavirus to other countries. All of Iran's neighboring states have put some kind of limitations or closed their borders with Iran.
Shanghai confirmed four imported cases from Iran. The Chinese province of Gansu also confirmed 25 imported cases from Iran, who had travelled in the charters.
Other international reactions
One Dubai-based newspaper wrongly claimed in a front-page headline that all cases of the new coronavirus in the region came from the Islamic Republic. That would be convenient for the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven sheikhdoms home to Dubai whose 13 coronavirus cases predominantly trace back to China.
Brian Hook, the US State Department's envoy on Iran, said that the Iranian government lied "and their media was instructed not to report on the coronavirus outbreak as it rapidly spread from the religious city of Qom to other cities". The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a number of accusation against Khamenei in March, saying that Khamanei had lied about the outbreak in Iran and continued to keep Mahan Air flying to and from China in February, spreading the virus and putting lives at risk, as well as jailing those who spoke out, and that funds for coronavirus had been stolen by officials.
The resistance units of the exiled opposition People's Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) accused the Iranian government of covering up the true death toll, and gave considerably higher death count, up to 20 times higher than the official figures. According to Radio farda, In a joint statement, in late March 2020, one hundred Iranian activists blamed the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, and President Hassan Rouhani for covering up the spread of corona virus and turning it into a catastrophe affecting whole of the country. All of the signatories including a Chemistry expert and an former adviser to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) live outside of Iran.
On 23 March 2020, the European Union pledged €20m in humanitarian assistance to the Gulf nation. The union said that it was committed to help Iran combat the coronavirus pandemic and informed that it would further support its plea for IMF financial help.
The US sanctions have made difficulties for the governmental and non-governmental institutions to provide medication for people who are infected by the Coronavirus. Sending medical supplies to Iran through the recently established Swiss channel requires a written permission from the US. Recently, sanctions on 12 new Iranian entities were imposed by the US Department of State. However, according to the Trump administration, Iran is using sanctions "as an excuse to hide their own incompetence, including a reluctance to take the necessary tough measures to restrict population movements."
While the US sanctions legally allow pharmaceuticals and humanitarian products to be sold to Iran, due to their nature, very few banks are willing to risk sanctions by trading with Iran. This has severely limited the medical supplies available to the Iranian public health system in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. One right wing lobby group in the United States, United Against Nuclear Iran, has argued to stop all global humanitarian trade with Iran and prevent medical supplies from reaching the country.
The UK, Pakistan, China, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and experts are pressing the US to ease sanctions on Iran to help it fight the growing coronavirus outbreak. However, fresh sanctions on individuals and companies linked with allegedly linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and trade with Iran was imposed on 26 March 2020.
The United States Government rejected allegations by Iranian regime and asserted that sanctions do not include the import of medicine and medical facilities to Iran. Morgan Ortagus, the spokeswoman for the State Department, also wrote in a tweet, the funds that Iran needs to fight against the spread of coronavirus can easily be obtained from," billions in Khamenei's tax-free hedge fund." 
In a preprint paper pending for review on medRxiv journal, Tuite et al. estimated that as of 25 February, c. 18,300 infections (95% confidence interval: 3,770–53,470; best-case scenario: 380–5,320 cases) could have occurred in Iran, based on known exported case counts and air travel links between Iran and other countries, the latter compiled from the data in the past. They concluded that Iran is likely to experience an "epidemic of significant size", while lack of identified cases in countries with close travel ties to Iran are because the cases are "likely being missed, rather than being truly absent".
On 9 March, Graeme Wood stated that he deems the official count "certainly an undercount", and provided alternative estimates which he calls "doomsday figures".
World Health Organization verification
On 28 February 2020, Michael Ryan, chief of the WHO health emergencies programme told the press that the mortality rate in Iran indicated its outbreak might be more widespread than realised.
On 2 March 2020, The World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom said in an interview with CNBC that the WHO has its own mechanism for checking national health authorities' statistics and did not see problems with the official Iranian government SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 counts.
On 17 March 2020, WHO regional emergency director Rick Brennan said the number of cases reported in Iran could represent only about 20% of the real numbers because testing was restricted to severe cases, as is the case even in some wealthy European countries. He added "We’ve said the weakest link in their chain is the data. They are rapidly increasing their ability to test and so the numbers will go up... [t]here’s a great commitment and they are taking it seriously from the highest level of government".
Members of parliament
Masoud Pezeshkian, the First Deputy of the Parliament of Iran, claimed on 3 March 2020 that the figures reported by Iran's health ministry are "not real".Member of parliament for Qom Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani claimed on 24 February 2020 that COVID-19 had arrived in Qom three weeks prior, in early February, that the first death had occurred on 13 February but was not announced by officials, and that the true number of COVID-19 deaths in Qom was 50. Deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi denied giving false figures, and stated that the death count was 12 with a total of 66 infections.
Anonymous sources reported by media
On 28 February 2020 BBC reported 210 deaths have occurred in Iran, citing "sources in the country's health system", while the official number for the day was 34. Kianush Jahanpur, the spokesman for the health ministry rejected the BBC report in a tweet.
On 12 March, The Economist wrote "[s]ome in the government think the actual number of cases is closer to 100,000", while the official count of infected people was about 9,000.
On 22 March, Radio Farda reported that "based on the statements made by local officials in various parts of Iran", around 2,372 have died, while the official death toll reached 1,556. Radio Farda also said on 21 March that since Iran's government statistics only include those who had tested positive for the disease, due to a lack of test kits, deaths may be registered as respiratory complications or influenza. They put their estimate of the number of infections at 16,000 in Tehran alone when the official figure given was 20,610 for the whole country on that date.
Satellite imagery from Qom cemetery
Burial site at Qom's Behesht Masoumeh Cemetery
On 12 March, The Washington Post published satellite images and analysis provided by Maxar Technologies, saying that vast burial pits were being excavated near Qom, said to be used to accommodate the potentially increasing number of victims in the city. The digging of the new section of burial pits began on 21 February, only two days after the government announced their first cases of COVID-19, and then rapidly expanded. The number of fresh graves suggests preparation for a far larger number of deaths. Qom municipality official responsible for the city's burial sites said "the graves had been planned before the outbreak as part of usual procedures in the cemetery", and some observers pointed that overall length of the purported 100 yards cannot accommodate more than about 75-100 graves.
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