A member of Iran’s Majlis representing the northern city of Rasht said that he had information on the “alarming” number of COVID-19 fatalities in the country.
In an interview with a Telegram channel, Gholam-Ali Jafarzadeh Imen Abadi said that according to the number of graves dug for the victims of COVID-19, the numbers of fatalities are much higher than officially announced statistics.
Iran’s Ministry of Health put fatalities at 34 and said that 388 people had been infected across Iran.
“I plead with (officials) to announce the real numbers to the people. Unfortunately, they have continuously covered-up the numbers from the people. I’m honest when I say that the numbers that have been provided are still not real. You can’t hide the (graves). The reports that we have from cemeteries and other reports indicate alarming numbers that cannot be hidden,” Jafarzadeh said.
“I received the numbers of COVID-19 fatalities from Behesht Zahra (Tehran), Tazeh Abad and Baghe Rezvan (cemeteries) in Rasht and I have to say that the numbers are much more than (the ones being announced),” the Rasht MP added.
Rasht and the northern province of Gilan is the second worst-hit area after Qom, the epicenter of the outbreak.
Jafarzadeh also criticized Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani for not implementing a quarantine on the worst hit areas despite scientific advice.
“I personally think that the decision by the President not to enforce a quarantine on cities engaged with the COVID-19 is wrong and I basically don’t understand why there is so much insistence on this issue. Instead of listening to doctors and specialists and take measures to impose (the quarantine), we call it the work of the enemy and refrain from it,” Jafarzadeh said.
“Doctors and medical professors believe that a quarantine is a necessity and has nothing to do with World War I and II. We have officially requested a quarantine but unfortunately, the Supreme National Security Council and other higher organizations refuse,” he said implying that orders came from the very top of the regime.
Before this another MP from Qom, the worst-hit city in Iran, had said that at least 50 people had passed away from the COVID-19 in the religious city near Tehran.
Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani said on February 24 that “10 people died every day in Qom” from the virus.
Local reports also indicate that the regime is covering up the actual number of COVID-19 fatalities and infections.