In the National Task Force meeting today, Rouhani said, “80% of people were cooperating with social distancing and other health instructions in April and early May but it has reduced to 20% recently!” I wonder what the “smart social distancing” was for then?! Wasn’t that supposed to help with lifting restrictions? In the same meeting, he ordered reopening of wedding venues at 50% capacity in white and yellow zones. He also reopened public libraries. He continued, “Many people haven’t followed social distancing rules in mosques and religious locations, specifically, it’s disappointing to see the situation in Imam Reza holy shrine.” If all this is true, why more places are reopened? Wouldn’t it cause more even more problems?! He added, “If the situation continues like this, we may have to reimpose the strict restrictions we had in late March and early April again.” Is this Islamic Republic’s version of carrot and stick on its own people?!
Rouhani also said, “The surge in cases in provinces like Khuzestan, is due to the first peak. Some provinces had passed that peak and some are approaching it now.” However, he forgot to mention that according to the epidemiology committee of his National Task Force, and many experts have a different opinion! Although, he already made it clear in the last week’s meeting that “we shouldn’t say second or third waves are coming, it will make people worried.”
Sima Sadat Lari announced 2,410 new cases and 71 deaths since yesterday. Unsurprisingly, the pattern continued and she dropped the names of several provinces which their officials have sounded the alarm for critical condition and only mentioned the “red” provinces this time, including Khuzestan, Hormozgaan, Khorasan Razavi and Bushehr. Two of these were not even in the list of alarming provinces she announced yesterday. What we know for a fact is, if Islamic Republic is forced to put a province in “red” situation, it has reached a catastrophic point that cannot be hidden anymore. Lorestan, East and West Azerbaijan, South Khorasan, Kerman, Kermanshah, Sisitan-Baluchestan, Qazvin and Tehran are just a few provinces in alarming situations. As long as traveling is not restricted, this crisis goes on like the very first few days, if not worse, because many people have been sensitized against it by Islamic Republic’s IRIB and the regime’s daily lies that they have everything “under control.”
In the meantime, Khuzestan officials criticize the hospital owned by the National Iranian Oil Company which hasn’t allowed the overwhelming number of patients to be admitted there. Apparently, Khuzestan residents are not part of the “Nation” or most probably don’t have the right connection in high places! All hospitals in big cities are occupied by COVID-19 patients. The officials also stated they were ordered by the Ministry of Health not to give out any statistics to the media.
Hormozgan is on the same boat. The officials announced 12 deaths in 24 hours leading up to Friday, June 12 and 145 new cases confirmed in the same time-period which is overwhelming for the understaffed and underdeveloped healthcare system in the province. The officials in the province have confirmed that Ministry has barred them from sharing any stats with media from June 13.
Head of Torbat Jaam Medical College in Khorasan Razavi announced death of a 2-year-old due to novel coronavirs, a rare incident in the world. He also mentioned there is a soar in number of COVID-19 cases in the city whom mostly come to hospitals with rare symptoms such as dizziness, diarrhea, abdominal pain and headache.
According to Baghiat Allah hospital officials, one of the major COVID-19 designated hospitals in Tehran, 150 staff have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and 3 have died of the disease. The basic reproduction rate (R0), growth factors, and other graphs, even based on fake and manipulated numbers provided by Ministry of Health, indicate an ongoing crisis and with the mismanagement of the regime, a human catastrophe which has been going on for more than 115 days.
Total: 184,955 (+2,410)
Dead: 8,730 (+71)
Critical: 2,755 (+16)
Admitted: 29,477 (+240)
Tests: 1,219,400 (Number of labs wasn’t mentioned in today’s news. Officials may have finally figured out there are discrepancies when they lie.)
Iran International Death Toll: 13,193 (Last updated on April 25)