Islamic Republic President admitted the COVID-19 situation in Iran is “still fragile” and the fifth wave of coronavirus may rage through the country if people do not comply with the protocols and assume everything is back to normal! He emphasized on a big and passionate “elections” in June, saying everything must be done to make sure coronavirus is controlled and does not cause any problem. He laid the groundwork for low turnout in the Islamic Republic’s sham “elections”: “people may not vote because of coronavirus!”
Meanwhile, as we have reported in the past few days, the sharp decline in cases that Ministry of Health reports is fictional since it contradicts the local reports. Even provincial officials in Khuzestan, Qazvin, Markazi,… have warned about the reduction in protocols compliance. They also sounded the alarm that “elections gatherings” are potential instigators for the next wave of the virus.
National Task Force Spokesperson announced indoor gatherings are banned across the country, however, throughout the pandemic none of these “bans” have been respected by other officials or enforced! Dr. Raisi reported a “sharp decline” in COVID-19 cases in 28 of 31 provinces. He warned that Indian and South African strains of coronavirus could spread in the country from southern provinces, Bushehr, Sistan-Baluchestan and Hormozgan, just like what happened with UK variant in Khuzestan which led to the devastating fourth wave. Ministry of Health Spokesperson has confirmed 17 cases of Indian variant in the country, but according to reports from the Health Minister and other provincial officials indicate the number is closer to 32 confirmed cases of South African and Indian coronavirus in Iran, including Khuzestan and West Azerbaijan, provinces that were not included in the Spokesperson’s report.
On the other hand, COVID-19 vaccination remains slow and chaotic, despite Islamic Republic Health Minister promising to reach 300,000 doses per day! According to the Ministry of Health official data, the daily administered shots remains in the 60,000. Since February 9, 2,930,657 have received a jab while only 0.53% of the population, 451,721, have been fully vaccinated in Iran. The Islamic Republic has banned vaccination news including imported doses, distribution, numbers, even domestic production of vaccines, being reported unless it has been approved by the Ministry of Health! Hassan Rouhani, once again, repeated his claim that by June 22, at least 14million in vulnerable groups will be vaccinated!
While many healthcare workers are still waiting to be vaccinated, Islamic Republic has decided to vaccinate IRIB employees who are involved in the “elections” process! Dr. Kianoush Jahanpur, Director of Public Relations Office at Ministry of Health confirms the reports saying that includes at least 3,000 people.
New “high risk” area list updated by the Ministry of Health show 8 counties in Hormozgan and Sistan-Baluchestan as “red,” 233 “orange” and 207 “yellow” while there is no “blue” ones. Considering the new variants are found in these provinces, the increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations should sound the alarm for the next wave. Indian strain has devastated the country with world record breaking numbers.
Sima Sadat Lari claimed 187 died of COVID-19 in Iran in the past 24 hours while 8,005 tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The Spokesperson refused to produce detailed variant information. Iran Medical Board officials have admitted the real number of cases and deaths are at least 3 times higher than what it is reported. The graphs show the history of COVID-19 in the past 16 months in Iran.
Total: 2,823,887 (+8,005)
Dead: 78,381 (+187)
Critical: 4,945 (-70)
Active Cases: 425,760 (-7,104)
Tests: 18,810,335 (22.3% of the population, assuming each test was performed on 1 person)
Cover: Houshang Hadi