COVID-19 set another daily record today. Ministry of Health Spokesperson announced 6,134 new positive PCR test results and 335 deaths in the past 24 hours. That’s the highest number of daily cases since the epidemic began in Iran. Those numbers don’t include anybody with only clinical diagnosis. Sima Sadat Lari also reported the entire country in critical status. According to hospitals across the country, the number of admissions, deaths and critical cases have been on the rise, especially from 3 weeks after Muharram mourning rituals and gatherings!
Sunday is another holiday but there’s been no plan to ban travels between provinces or any other plan for that matter. Hospital staff are exhausted with unpaid wages and benefits. In the meantime, Khamenei’s representatives across the country have voiced their concern over women’s hijab in their Friday Prayers’ sermons. For example in Rasht, Falahati said, “Women without proper hijab have polluted the society and just like coronavirus are intolerable!” The regime’s approach towards women shouldn’t be surprising, as the latest of its anti-woman attitude, the “Abadani Girl” case, has been unraveling.
Lorestan, Tehran, Bushehr, Khuzestan, and many other provinces have taken matters in their own hands by asking people from other provinces not to travel there and have extended some of the restrictions for another week. Tomorrow is National Task Force meeting and Rouhani is preparing his “speech” for that session to blame people and US, nothing is ever Islamic Republic’s fault.
Active cases keep rising, basic reproduction rate (R0) jumped 4 points indicating the grim days ahead of Iranians. Graphs vividly depict the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in Iran, even though they’re based on manipulated data provided by regime’s Ministry of Health. Testing remains in the same range. Positivity rate remains staggering with 20.5% of tests performed turned out positive today.
Total: 556,891 (+6,134)
Dead: 31,985 (+335)
Critical: 4,933 (+38)
Admitted: 78,221 (+1,788)
Tests: 4,658,727 (6.1% of the population, assuming each test was performed on 1 person)