Ministry of Health announced 48 new cities upgraded to “orange” or “red,” indicating high risk for coronavirus infections in the areas. The list has grown longer and longer in the past 2 weeks, reaching 165! Officials, as usual, blame people and their traveling during Nowruz holidays for the rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths across the country. However, they don’t mention that Friday Prayers and crowded gatherings in “holy shrines” are more dangerous than small clusters of family gatherings in an open space!
National Task Force and Islamic Republic Police Force banned Iranians from celebrating the “Nature Day” by closing all meadows, camp sites and parks. But people do not trust the regime or its officials. Islamic Republic has lost the last ounce of trust when Khamenei banned US, UK and France made vaccines, when only less than 200,000 Iranians have been vaccinated and President suggests people must pay for the vaccine!
Nahid Khodakarami, head of Health Commission at Tehran City Council, stated the council is looking for a new cemetery to accommodate COVID-19 deaths! She confirmed the death rate has more than doubled in the capital from a month ago, reaching 39 on March 31.
Deputy Health Minister Harirchi, in an interview on national TV, admitted the fourth wave has begun with increases in deaths, cases and hospitalizations across the country. He added the number of deaths will be increasing in the next few weeks. Harirchi predicted if this path continues Iranians will experience a dreadful spring. He hoped “Ramadan would come to help us,” hinting people will follow the rules more! It seems a preface for the manipulation of numbers for Qadr nights, just like last year.
Provincial officials continue to report increasing number of hospitalizations and coronavirus infections. Tavakoli from Tehran Corona Combating Committee said the time between infection and severe symptoms has shorten, increasing critical cases. Khorasan Razavi officials reported 60% increase in COVID-19 cases from 2 weeks ago. Mashhad Medical University confirmed Mashhad and 3 other cities in the province are upgraded to orange! Head of Shiraz Medical University announced Fars is on the verge of becoming critical with the 3rd hospital filling up with COVID-19 patients.
Ministry of Health Spokesperson presented her daily manipulated numbers. Iran Medical Council officials have dismissed those, admitting the real numbers are at least 3 times higher. Sima Sadat Lari claimed 117 died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours in Iran while 11,660 tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Even though daily PCR tests were reduced by 1,000, positivity rate increased to 16.54% from 16.44% the day before. Active cases had the biggest jump in months, as seen on the graphs.
Total: 1,908,974 (+11,660)
Dead: 62,876 (+117)
Critical: 4,005 (+16)
Admitted: 212,149 (+3,738)
Tests: 12,963,778 (15.6% of the population, assuming each test was performed on 1 person)