After weeks of refusing to provide details, Ministry of Health Spokesperson announced there are 17 confirmed cases of Indian variant of coronavirus in Busheher (6), Qom (4), Yazd (3), Alborz (3) and Khuzestan (1). Sima Sadat Lari also confirmed 5 cases with South African strain in Hormozgan. She claimed all of them are quarantined and contact traced. The Islamic Republic officials have claimed the same when UK variant entered Iran and led to the fourth and worse wave of coronavirus.
Sima Sadat Lari also claimed 200 died of COVID-19 in Iran in the past 24 hours while 11,250 tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The daily reports from Islamic Republic Ministry of Health have been dismissed by medical experts and Iran Medical Board officials admitted the real numbers are at least 3 times higher. She also announced 445,201 (0.53% of population) are fully vaccinated since February 9. In the meantime, 2,867,966 received a single shot COVID-19 vaccine. Saeed Namaki, Health Minister, had promised the daily vaccination will reach 300,000 doses a day while it has been on a decline since May 16.
National Task Force Spokesman announced “salamat.gov.ir” as the website for 70+ to register for their turn to receive a COVID-19 vaccine shot. Dr. Raisi claimed the new category will be vaccinated from tomorrow, May 22. There have been reports of long lines for vaccination and chaotic process throughout the country. Most people would be sent home without getting jabs, being told they will receive a text message!
The graphs show the history of coronavirus in Iran vividly. According to the Ministry of Health, 3 counties are designated as “red”, 262 including Tehran are “orange”, 183 are in “yellow” status and no country is considered “blue.” Despite the slow vaccination process, spread of new variants and low compliance with the protocols, the Islamic Republic continues to manipulate data to remove COVID-19 as a hurdle for their sham “elections.”
Total: 2,815,882 (+11,250)
Dead: 78,194 (+200)
Critical: 5,015 (-66)
Active Cases: 432,864 (-3,161)
Tests: 18,683,814 (22.2% of the population, assuming each test was performed on 1 person)
Cover: Ahmad Amirahmadi