Hormozgan officials continue to report the devastating situation in their hospitals, with health experts, including Chairman of National COVID-19 Task Force Epidemiology Committee, warning about the next wave of coronavirus in Iran! In the meantime, COVID vaccination worsens by the day. After officials admitted Khuzestan and Fars are out of shots, local reports indicate the shortage has reached other areas of the country as well, including the capital! “Due to shortage of vaccine, this vaccination center is closed!”
National COVID-19 Task Force Spokesman admits shots are unavailable in most of the country but denies suspension of the vaccinaion process. Dr. Raisi claimed the current age groups continue to receive their shots while the next groups have to wait for new shipments! Islamic Republic officials had promised millions of doses would be imported but nothing has arrived! According to Raisi, it is “normal” to have delays in the immunization process. This “normal delay” has occurred many times in Iran. More than 3million were to be vaccinated by March 21, 2021, domestic vaccines were to be “approved” last week, and so on!
Ministry of Health announced 619,795 have been fully vaccinated since February 9, only 0.73% of population. Meanwhile, 4,823,579 total jabs are administered.
On the other hand, despite Ministry of Health claims that the fourth wave is under control, Islamic Regime forces have closed off Gosht, a town in Sistan-Baluchestan due to increasing number of cases and hospitalizations, in a total blackout from the state-controlled media! A regime official has admitted there are only 2 temporary physicians per 10,000 people in the region, forcing most people to travel to Pakistan to visit a doctor.
Ministry of Health Spokesperson claimed 122 died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours in Iran while 5,612 tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Despite more cases emerging in the south affected with Delta (Indian) variant of coronavirus, Sima Sadat Lari did not provide any specific information about the variants. Iran Medical Board officials estimate the real numbers of cases and deaths are at least 3 times higher than the daily reports. The graphs vividly depict the 16-month history of COVID-19 crisis mismanagement in Iran.
Total: 2,966,363 (+5,612)
Dead: 81,063 (+122)
Critical: 3,769 (-39)
Active Cases: 332,899 (-9,819)
Tests: 20,688,723 (24.6% of the population, assuming each test was performed on 1 person)
Cover: Peyman Hamidipoor