Dr. Masoud Mardani, a member of National Task Force, warns officials not to reopen schools and businesses prematurely as this may bring on the novel coronavirus to its next peak! He said, “We did the same mistake in April and it got us to close to 500 COVID-19 deaths a day.” Head of Epidemiology Committee of National Task Force says he’s very worried about reopening schools and strongly objects this decision! Hamid Souri said, “Maybe in a few weeks we could discuss this. Controlling kids at schools is almost impossible. They’re carriers who can infect their families.” National Task Force has decided to reopen schools in all areas except “red” areas!
On the other hand, Ministry of Education officials say 5million students have been deprived of studies due to COVID-19 crisis in Iran and not having access to smart phones, tablets or internet! In one instance, West Azerbaijan officials said 108,000 students have not had access to online learning since the coronavirus epidemic began in Iran! Opening schools will have devastating complications and so does not reopening them. The only solution is to stop the spread of the virus by vaccine which have been banned by the Islamic Republic “Supreme Leader,” Khamenei.
Air pollution continues to be a problem while power outages in some areas are prevalent too. National Weather Services has predicted some winds for tomorrow which may help with the poisoned air situation.
Ministry of Health Spokesperson presented her daily engineered data. Sima Sadat Lari announced 83 COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours in Iran while 6,485 have tested positive for coronavirus. That shows an increase in cases in the past week. Active cases rose by 990. Testing decreased by more than 2,000 compared to yesterday.
Basic Reproduction Rate (R0) increased one point, the first time in weeks, and graphs depict the beginning of a new uptrend. Meanwhile, Islamic Republic controlled media continue to spread misinformation about Pfizer vaccine, widely used around the world! Khamenei representatives around the country repeated the “Supreme Leader’s” rhetoric about complications of US and UK made coronavirus vaccines, asking media to promote the homegrown vaccine!
Total: 1,318,295 (+6,485)
Dead: 56,621 (+83)
Critical: 4,415 (-22)
Admitted: 154,663 (+990)
Tests: 8,422,554 (10.1% of the population, assuming each test was performed on 1 person)
Cover: Behnam Yousefi