The Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader downplayed the country’s current crisis in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak and advised Iranians to pray.
“In my opinion, this is not that big of a misfortune. We’ve had bigger calamities,” he said after planting a sapling for National Tree Planting day.
“This is a temporary issue. It’s not extraordinary. These kinds of events happen in the country,” he said in a nonchalant tone.
“Of course, I don’t want to minimize it. But let’s not make a big deal out of it. It’s something that has happened, and we hope that it won’t last long,” Khamenei said.
The regime’s Supreme Leader said that the outbreak could be a “blessing” for the country and advised the public to pray in order to “ward off” the virus.
The Supreme Leader downplayed the existing crisis in the country even while sources affiliated with the National Council of Resistance said today that at least 1,200 Iranians had died as a result of the regime’s mishandling of the COVID-19 outbreak in Iran.
Official figures put the deaths at 77 today with 2,336 infections.
But local reports show that the regime is hiding the real extent of the crisis.
Isfahan, central Iran: “In Isfahan, due to the large number of people coming into hospitals, no one knows how many fatalities or infections there has been. None of the hospital personnel have the numbers. Unfortunately, the hospital Protection Agency still puts pressure on the staff not to use masks and special suits. The staff are threatened. It seems that only cemeteries could give us the real numbers.”
Tehran: “My sister was in quarantine for 10 days and the doctor told her that she was probably infected with COVID-19. She was tested for COVID-19 and a scan of her lungs without any other services for 1,450,000 tomans. Her medicine cost an additional 1,050,000 tomans. If you don’t have money, you would die quickly from this virus. The doctors told her to eat lots of red meat, bananas, pineapples and avocados. All of this costs money! How are people supposed to fight this infection?”
Health worker in Kashan, central Iran, Monday: Unfortunately, all the beds in Beheshti Hospital have been filled and the hospital managers announced a super emergency. A few hours ago, Dr. Arj, Dr. Taghva, Dr. Samimi and Dr. Fakharian were quarantined in the children’s ICU after becoming infected with COVID-19. We are underequipped and lack hospital beds. Please tell people not to come to Kashan.”
Kashan, central Iran: Five people infected with COVID-19 passed away last night. An order given by the Ministry of Health specified the cause of death as heart attack or diabetes. However, when the families came to collect the bodies, they said that they had to wait for five days so they could test for COVID-19. But some of the bodies were buried today with lime without the presence of their families. There are many COVID-19 patients in Beheshti Hospital. The regime’s cover up has led to the alarming spread of the virus. The regime does not care about the people.
Several regime officials have also raised alarms over the COVID-19 outbreak in Iran.
A former Minister of Health who is now a member of the regime’s Majlis said that the regime wasn’t taking the COVID-19 outbreak seriously.
“This illness is not a joke, but we treat it as such,” Massoud Pezeshkian said today.
According to the state-run ISNA News Agency, an adviser to the head of the judiciary died today from COVID-19.
Ahmad Toyserkani was suffering from a heart condition.
Also today, Majlis Deputy Speaker, Abdolreza Mesri, said that until now, 23 MPs had tested positive for COVID-19. He did not reveal the names of the MPs.