The COVID-19 pandemic in Iran is out of control. While until now the Iranian government was trying to prevent the spread of the truth, now the truth forced it to show just a little of what is happening in Iran.
In an interview, Minoo Mohraz, a member of Iran’s National COVID-19 Taskforce, referred to the crisis of the coronavirus and said: “The situation is very deplorable. It is too late for quarantine because the coronavirus is in a terrible state all over the country. Tehran in particular is in a more dire situation. In no period during these few months have we had this number of hospitalizations and this number of patients and deaths.
“I also wonder why the National COVID-19 Taskforce does not impose a shutdown or take restraint seriously. According to medical science, there should be shut down. I am not involved in political issues to find out why they do not establish holidays. The non-closures are politically motivated, not medically based.”
Referring to the high costs of hospitalized patients in the ICU, she said: “One night in an ICU costs several million (Tomans). There are currently 4,700 people hospitalized in the ICU. Calculate how much that is and calculate how much the government will pay for it.”
Minoo Mehrz, referring to the complicated conditions of the medical staff and their exhaustion, added: “The treatment staff has been working hard for several months. They still work with love and compassion, but physically they are in a different state. The work of the doctors always has shifts and night work. But not so much. I had not seen so many critically ill patients and deaths in all my 45 years of medical practice. Watching this level of mortality also tires the medical staff. These are issues to consider.”
Even Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani was forced to confess about the dire situation as he said: “All over the country in different provinces today we are facing a wider wave of this virus and we have to deal with it. Now, how long we are involved, we must be pessimistic and say, for example, that this problem will advance us for another year. That is, we must all believe that the conditions of 2020 and probably 2021 are different from those of previous years.
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“Today, the number of our patients has increased from 4,000 to 8,000. This is not a problem, this is not important, but on the other hand, it is important that if our death toll were 200, it became 250, if it was 250, it became 300. This means a siren of danger for all of us.” (State television news channel, 19 October)
The official news agency IRNA, about the false statistics by the spokesman of the Ministry of Health, on 19 October wrote: “Black Coronavirus Monday – 337 is not a number. It is the heartbreaking story of people’s deaths. If we do not break the chain of infection, these horrible numbers will reach 600 in late October and 900 in early December.”