Iran’s COVID-19 deaths have surpassed 6,400 yet the Iranian regime still refuses to properly address the crisis that has engulfed the country.
The National Council of Resistance today announced that at least 6,400 Iranians had died from COVID-19 in at least 196 cities across Iran.
Iran’s Health Ministry said that 1,135 people had passed away from the virus.
In a televised speech, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said that the regime was honest with the people about the outbreak.
Rouhani also asked Iranians not to pay attention to social media reports.
However, the Head of the Medical Council of Iran told the ISNA state-run News Agency that the real figures of the COVID-19 outbreak were “definitely” more than the figures being announced by the Ministry of Health.
Dr. Ahmadreza Zafarghandi also said that despite claims by some officials that they had reached the “peak” of the outbreak, there was still an ongoing surge in the epidemic and that “everything depended on officials and the people”.
Rouhani was quoted by state run news agencies two days ago as saying that Iran had passed the peak of the outbreak.
He said again today that Qom and Gilan, two of the worst-hit areas in Iran, had passed the peak.
The regime’s president told Iranians today that the regime had not delayed the announcement of the COVID-19 outbreak “for even a day”.
But many unofficial and official reports indicate that the regime knew about the first cases of COVID-19 in Qom, near Tehran, long before it was officially announced on February 19.
Bahram Parsaie, a member of Iran’s Majlis told Jahan’e San’at News that Iran’s Ministry of Health reported the first cases of COVID-19 to officials in early February adding that officials did not take it seriously.
Other reports indicate that the regime knew about the first cases of the virus in Qom in late January but intentionally refused to make it public.