Iranian officials continue to blame Iranian citizens for the surge in COVID-19 fatalities in Iran, despite the regime’s mismanagement and lack of government aid.
In a letter to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, the Assembly of Iranian Medical Group Associations said that if health protocols were not carried out, the number of daily COVID-19 fatalities would increase to 1,600, a far cry from the current 200 a day.
Alireza Moslem the head of the Sabzevar Medical Science University in northeastern Iran raised alarms over the number of COVID-19 fatalities in the city.
“The number of deaths has increased by 50% compared to previous months,” he said.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran, the Iranian regime’s opposition that accuses Iran’s officials of covering up the number of fatalities said yesterday that at least 80,000 had died from the virus.
The regime maintains that close to 17,000 people have died. Despite severely underreporting the fatalities, officials blame the spread of the virus on Iranian citizens.
Iranian health officials have implied that Iranian citizens no longer fear the virus therefore do not take the threat seriously enough to follow hygiene protocols.
According to Deputy Health Minister, Iraj Harirchi, “To think that everything is going back to normal because there is less fear of the virus will cause a surge in the number of the infected and hospitalized patients and the number of deaths.”
However, Khabar Online state-run website implied that the reason behind the surge in COVID-19 fatalities in Iran was the regime’s mismanagement and lack of aid to its citizens during the epidemic.
Speaking to Iranians, the website said yesterday that Iranians were forced out of their homes to make a living in the absence of government aid.
“Alireza, 33, the owner of a maintenance shop for electrical appliances said that ‘nobody wants to risk being contaminated with this virus, especially me. I have a two-year-old daughter. But in order to provide for her, I have to be in contact with people on a daily basis. Sometimes I am so busy at work that I do not find the opportunity to comply with hygiene protocols and working with a mask is a pain in the neck. But if I stay home, will the government support me? Who will compensate for what I lose in my business?’”, the website wrote.
Despite the regime’s utter mismanagement of the epidemic and the high number of COVID-19 fatalities in Iran, Rouhani said yesterday that Iran wanted to share “its experiences in confronting COVID-19” with its neighbor Iraq.