Iran records over 57,000 deaths and one million infections from Coronavirus
The spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Care and Medical Education in Iran, Sima Sadat Lari, announced that the coronavirus has led to 75 new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of people dying from the disease in the Islamic Republic to 57,225 people.
During his daily lecture on the latest outcome of the COVID-19 outbreak in Iran, Lari added that Iran recorded six thousand and 305 new cases, from Thursday noon to Friday, bringing the total number of contagions across the country to one million 360 thousand and 825 people.The Iranian Ministry of Health spokesperson also noted the recovery of 1,151,676 wounded in Iran as of Friday, 4,134 wounded has been described as critical, and they are subject to intensive care in hospitals and care centers.
In early January, the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, banned the import of vaccines against the new coronavirus made in the United States and the United Kingdom, adding that he does not trust them. In a tweet posted on Khamenei’s official English-speaking account on Twitter, he stated that American and British vaccines are not allowed to enter the country, adding: “We don’t trust them, they may want to try the vaccine on other countries.”
Iran would be the country most affected by the virus in the entire Middle East. Since the start of the pandemic, the Islamic Republic has been accused of hiding the real numbers of COVID-19 infections. Last August, the Press Supervisory Board of the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guide revoked the operating license of the Jahan-e-Sanat newspaper for publishing an interview with a member of the Iranian National Coronavirus Task Force.
The editor-in-chief of the daily Mohammadreza Saadi himself told the state-run press agency of the Islamic Republic (IRNA) that the council “issued a verdict for the temporary suspension of the newspaper following the publication of the interview”. That was titled “No Trust in Government Statistics.” In the conversation, government epidemiologist Mohammadreza Mahboubfar told Jahan-e-Sanat that data on the virus in the country have certainly been distorted since the outbreak began.
He further added that Iran hid the first case of the disease for political and security reasons. However, the news that has attracted the most attention is the number of deaths. According to the epidemiologist, the coronavirus deaths in the Islamic Republic could be 20 times higher than the figures published by Teheran.