Chairman of Tehran Corona Combating Committee predicts even a worse week ahead of the capital. Dr. Zali said all beds are filled with COVID-19 patients and flattening the curve is what should happen before expecting decline in cases, hospitalizations and deaths. His Deputy in Treatment Affairs confirmed full hospitals across Tehran. Dr. Tavakoli warned that numbers will be on the rise for another 2 weeks. He rebuked the government for not quarantining the city. Masih Daneshvari hospital erected a field hospital. Director of Tehran Crisis Management said if this goes on the morgues would have no more room for bodies! At the same time, a member of Tehran City Council said complete lockdown is the only solution for the current dreadful situation.
Chairman of Tehran City Council warned if 4 simultaneous “elections” are held in June, the fifth wave of coronavirus would be inevitable. Hashemei demanded a better planning for the event. On the other hand, Hassan Rouhani emphasized on holding a “more passionate election,” which COVID-19 cannot jeopardize it, a signal for another round of data manipulation.
Other provinces report critical condition in their regions too. Khuzestan officials say cases continue to rise and hospitals are full, Fars reports a death every hour, Kermanshah predicts a “difficult week ahead” while warning it’s not the peak yet! Alborz is on the same boat with COVID-19 deaths multiplied by 6 times. Markazi broke its daily coronavirus infections with 835 positive tests.
Islamic Propaganda Organization official announced there is no plan to hold “Quds day” demonstration as of yet! While he opened room the possibility of gatherings on the last Friday of Ramadan, admitted the current COVID-19 situation seems to be worsened in the coming days. Islamic Republic Health Minister has already allowed Qadr night crowded gatherings despite all the warning signs.
In the meantime, vaccination remains the biggest issue in containing the current tsunami! Islamic Republic President insisted on permitting private companies to import COVID-19 vaccines. According to Ministry of Health, 3 companies were given the license but no details are released about these companies. An FDA official put a 250-300,000 Toman price tag on each dose! On the other hand, FDA Spokesman claims this is not the right solution and vaccination must be free for everybody! A few hours ago, Khamenei’s medical advisor sent a letter to Health Minister saying this approach will cause corruption, division and economic rents. He asked private companies not to be involved in any aspect of the vaccination program! On the other hand, Khamenei was the one banning US and UK made vaccines but still Pfizer found its way to the black market.
Meanwhile, Kianoush Jahanpur, FDA Spokesman, explained why the vaccination is so slow in the country. He said the problem is lack of reliable sources and small amount of doses available. According to the Ministry of Health data, only 621,822 doses have been administered from about 2,000,000 doses imported. Since February 9, 2021, 0.16% of the population, 141,176 have been fully vaccinated.
The Ministry of Health Spokesperson presented her daily manipulated data, even though Iran Medical Board believe the real numbers are at least 3 times higher. Sima Sadat Lari claimed 395 died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours in Iran while 25,492 tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Daily PCR tests remains in the same range. Active cases reached a new high as seen on the graphs.
Total: 2,286,927 (+25,492)
Dead: 67,525 (+395)
Critical: 4,911 (+68)
Active Cases: 408,871 (+11,885)
Tests: 14,613,010 (17.4% of the population, assuming each test was performed on 1 person)
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