The head of Tehran’s Coronavirus Combat Headquarters criticized the regime’s strategy in dealing with the deadly virus and blaming its rapid spread on civilian negligence.
“If we do not have a realistic picture of COVID-19, we will lose public trust,” Alireza Zali said today.
Zali said that the regime’s strategic error was blaming the spread on the people, “which was not the case”.
“People have to think about their livelihood in order to survive. The hasty reopening of businesses can lead public opinion to think that the disease is gone,” the head of Tehran’s Coronavirus Combat Headquarters added.
Regime officials, including Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, have repeatedly blamed civilians for the outbreak that has killed at least 87,900 people, according to figures announced yesterday by the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
Poverty and the spread of COVID-19
The economic crisis caused by COVID-19 has contributed to poverty and unemployment and has exasperated people’s already dire livelihood conditions. Poverty and unemployment also eliminate the possibility of providing masks, sanitary items, and complying with COVID-19 regulations.
The number of people who are not covered by insurance in Iran is very high. These include day laborers and street vendors who suffer from the financial effects of the epidemic more than other groups.
According to the ILNA state-run News Agency, 500,000 households in Iran have been “identified” as not being aided by relief organizations.
Mostafa Eghlima, the President of Iran’s Scientific Association of Social Welfare, believes that poverty and unemployment make it impossible for impoverished Iranians to provide masks and disinfectants which renders them unable to observe COVID-19 regulations.
According to Eghlima, the government is responsible for providing for the health of the population. “Adherence to medical regulations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus should be accompanied by economic support for the needy, the vulnerable and day laborers,” he told state-run media.
“Impoverished Iranians have a hard time buying essential health items such as masks and alcohol due to rising prices,” he added.
The President of the Scientific Association of Social Welfare said that day laborers and street vendors could not stay home during the epidemic and that the government should compensate businesses and restaurants that are forced to close down.