53 days have passed since the “official” admission of new Coronavirus reaching Iran. It hasn’t slowed down a bit despite what the government wants people to believe. Graphs and reports from different cities, especially Tehran, paint a more accurate picture. Ministry of Health Spokesman announced 1,657 new confirmed cases and 117 deaths in the past 24 hours. He continued, “There have been 263,388 at 95 labs throughout the country.” That’s 11,685 tests since yesterday, that means 14% positive result just in cases with symptoms and/or the ones admitted to hospitals. Considering the numbers being in the same range since they have been announced, a simple calculation, without other statistical analysis, it translates to 11,480,000 infected in 82,000,000 Iran’s population.
Iran International: 8,833 deaths
Despite all warnings from all fronts, the government denied all requests and said everything is under control, ordering everything to go back to normal from yesterday, April 11. There are different reports about the number of deaths in Iran. A leak from National Security Council meeting says 18,000. RadioFarda have gathered local official’s numbers from different reports bringing the death toll to 9,156. And head of Tehran’s cemetery (Behesht-e-Zahra) says a new section with 10,000 graves are ready for COVID-19 victims, that’s for Tehran alone! Despite government’s official announcements every day, witnesses including healthcare workers say there are several people in the same family dying of the disease. Despite all these, the officials still report 4,474 deaths only!
Ministry of Health Epidemiology Department warns if the social distancing is not followed, more than 30,000 would lose their lives. And the disease may come back in fall and winter in bigger wave. This is how yesterday looked like in Tehran:
The situation in Qom, Isfahan, Mashhad and Shiraz is the same. Millions of lives are in danger and the Islamic Republic is not using the money they have in the National Development Fund for people to stay home but instead spending it on their proxies in the region!