An Iranian lawmaker said today that COVID-19 has killed 300 people on some days during the country’s coronavirus epidemic. This is while according to official numbers, the greatest number of people that have died from the deadly virus in 24 hours is 200.
Speaking to Roydad 24 website, Mohammad Ali Mohseni Bandpei who is member of the Parliament’s Health Committee, said the reason Iran’s Ministry of Health’s figures were lower was because they were taken from hospitals only.
“Those who died at home or on their way to the hospital have not been included in the figures,” he told the website on July 5.
This is not the first time officials have questioned the regime’s COVID-19 figures.
At least five Iranian officials have been sacked for either undermining the regime’s figures or shedding light on its mismanagement of the epidemic.
The regime has also said that has arrested thousands of people for spreading “rumors” about the epidemic.
According to Iran’s Ministry of Health 200 people died from the virus in the past 24 hours, which brings the official tally to 11,931 deaths. The Ministry said that 245,688 people had become infected with the virus.
But an opposition group that accuses the regime of covering up the scope of the outbreak said that the actual death toll surpassed 66,900.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran said that the figures were gathered by credible sources in Iran.