Official and local reports in Iran suggest that the country is facing a crisis in dealing with its COVID-19 outbreak that has led to hundreds of deaths.
According to the Iranian Resistance, local reports indicate that at least 650 people have died from COVID-19 in the past weeks.
This is while the Iranian Ministry of Health has announced only 54 deaths.
Several videos on social media platforms show locals, with COVID-19 like symptoms, collapsing on the streets in various cities across Iran.
Locals reports that under equipped hospitals are filled with infected patients and that ordinary Iranians have a severe shortage of masks, alcohol and anti-bacterial gel.
Gorgan, northern Iran: “On Saturday I went to Sayad Hospital and they wouldn’t even let us in. All the wards have been allocated to COVID-19 patients and they have no empty beds. I also heard that the Army Hospital in Kakh has also been allocated to COVID-19 patients. They have banned people from taking pictures and filming the hospital and have implemented strict controls. Guards, who are all undercover intelligence agents, have been deployed. The family of a patient named Ismaiel Iraji, 48, who died on February 19 on election day, were banned from announcing his death and were told that it was a security issue. A healthcare worker in Sayad Hospital said that seven people had died in the hospital. In Panje Azar Hospital, they had five fatalities until last night (Friday) who are all in the hospital morgue.”
According to the Tehran City Council, the city is facing a severe shortage of disinfectants to disinfect the metros, taxis and busses. The Council also said that the lack of masks and gloves for bus and taxi drivers was serious.
The representative for the northern city of Rasht in the regime’s Majlis also said that conditions in the city, which is reportedly the second worst-hit area after Qom, were “grave”.
Speaking to the state-run Asre Iran Website, Gholamali Jafarzadeh said that Rasht was facing more of a crisis than other cities in the country.
The interview has since been removed by the website.
“All the hospitals in Rasht are filled with suspected COVID-19 patients,” he said.
He also said that Razi Hospital, which is the main hospital in the city for COVID-19 patients, has stopped admitting new patients.
The MP said that other hospitals were in the same state and that hallways were filled with infected patients.
Jafarzadeh also said that health workers were facing a severe lack of minimum supplies.
“According to reports from villages, a number of people in Gilan’s villages who died with COVID-19 symptoms were buried without their cause of death being registered,” he said adding that improper burials could endanger the lives of locals.
Jafarzadeh said that the figures announced by the regime for COVID-19 fatalities “was a joke” and that the real numbers were much higher.
Before this, in another interview, Jafarzadeh once again stressed that the regime was covering up the real number of fatalities and the scope of the outbreak in the country.
At least 12 other countries have been infected with people who had travelled to Iran.