Iran Regime’s Effort to Control Information is at Odds With Its Efforts to Curtail Corona-virus
Efforts by the present regime in Iran to try to conceal the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran haven’t been successful, as the world is fully aware of the impact from independent news reports that have revealed the truth of the impact of the virus on the Iranian people. One of the leaks contained the fact that 50 people had already lost their lives to the virus in the city of Qom. Once these facts found their way to the global audience then the regime was forced to reveal the truth. The country’s Health Ministry revealed on Thursday that there were 100 new cases and the total stood at least at 250. On Saturday, Nahid Khoda-Karami, who heads the Health Commission in Tehran’s City Council, contradicted all figures and said that 10,000 to 15,000 have already gone down with the virus.
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) emphasized that based on reports from various news outlets, Iran now has the biggest casualty rate following China, which seemed rather strange considering the recent announcement of the country’s first cases. Even by last Wednesday, February 26th, 2020, the Iranian regime confirmed that there were 139 cases of the disease, with 19 fatalities. These figures, according to the MEK, don’t match with other figures, as the overall death rate internationally stands at less than 4 percent, while Iran appears to be well over 15 percent. This implies there are more cases than has been revealed.
Iranian MP Bahram Parsaei: "I went to all drug stores from north to south of Tehran. Not one was selling hand sterilizing gels, masks, rubbing alcohol or gloves." pic.twitter.com/bcri9vLMGK
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) February 29, 2020
There is more evidence emerging that new cases of coronavirus are being found in travelers who have left Iran and are now in other countries. Because other countries were never been told the truth about the extent of the coronavirus spread in Iran they weren’t in a position to act when Iranians arrived on their shores.
At least 8 countries, which include Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait, and Bahrain, are reporting infections in patients who had been to Iran recently. Just today, both Australia and New Zealand discovered two new cases, one each, and both had come from Iran recently. The global community has been kept in the dark about the extent of COVID-19 cases in Iran. The mullahs’ regime has decided to do little about the spread of the virus. It has also refused to stop flights to China and is doing so under the pretext of importing virus detection kits from China to Tehran. Overall, the view is that the regime has the facilities to look after its own immediate officials, but no one else, and it doesn’t have any intention of changing its stance on that.
Many cases of coronavirus in Iran not reported
It has just been revealed that there have been many cases of the virus in Mashhad, the 2nd most populous city in the country, but there has been no word of this from the regime. The regime not only denied the existence of cases in this city, but it hasn’t rung any alarm bells, either, indicating that Iran’s citizens were now deeply immersed in the virus and action was needed immediately to prevent any further spread.
Conflicting information in #Iran state media confirms that the regime knew the #coronavirus had spread to their country three weeks ago and that the first victim was in Qomhttps://t.co/a3YWXbapgQ@USAdarFarsi pic.twitter.com/U5RS5mQsaC
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) February 27, 2020
The regime’s Deputy Health Minister, Iraj Haririchi, stated in a press conference that his critics had no proof of the escalating growth in coronavirus victims. However, while speaking with the press, Harirchi showed signs of coronavirus and was later confirmed as having the virus. This is soundproof that the regime hadn’t taken any measures to monitor and protect its citizens from getting the virus. Following Haririchi’s diagnosis reported that high profile government figures like Masoumeh Ebtekar, regime’s vice president of women and family affairs and Mojtaba Zolnour, the Iranian regime’s parliament’s head of National Security and Foreign Affairs Committee, who has the reputation as a notorious criminal, both had gone down with coronavirus.
The #coronavirus has spread to at least 50 cities across #Iran, according to the latest reports, and the country has the most reported deaths from coronavirus (COVID-19) outside of Chinahttps://t.co/gOV7TK5jBX#CoronaVirusIran @USAdarFarsi pic.twitter.com/UFUCvx6FGS
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) February 26, 2020
The high number of coronavirus cases in Qom that weren’t announced by the government but were leaked on Monday didn’t spur the regime into warning people against going to Qom until much later in the week on Thursday. What’s most worrying about this action is that Qom is a major center for both religious study and pilgrimage, so any bans on entering the city could inflict damage on the self-image of the theocratic regime as well as harm potential revenue from religious tourism. This was evident by the fact that two important shrines weren’t closed and anyone who wanted to visit them should just arm themselves with hand sanitizer and a mask. Once they had left a shrine, they should just avoid mixing in groups and pray individually.
Sanctions imposed on Iranians overseas
The New Zealand government has today enforced a no-exception travel ban for travelers trying to get to New Zealand from Iran. Also, anyone who travels to New Zealand but not straight from Iran yet has been in Iran in the last 14 days, will be required to self-isolate. The same enforcement now applies to Australia.
Coronavirus not severe in Iran, according to President Hassan Rouhani!
Despite fatalities and the spread of coronavirus offshore, the Iranian regime’s president doesn’t intend to do much about it, as he doesn’t believe the problem is serious. Iranian doctors and international health agencies are becoming frantic as they receive confirmed numbers in the country of up to 18,000. This to them is a wake-up call to get mass quarantines organized. However, what they think doesn’t matter as they have allegedly been told to keep their mouths shut about the spread of the virus by regime officials from the Revolutionary Guard. If they didn’t and leaked the true facts they would pay the price.
Protesting means suppression in Iran
There are numerous documented incidences of suppression of protesters last November and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK) revealed that 1,500 protesters lost their lives that month alone. Environmental activists have been imprisoned for crimes that weren’t crimes at all. The international press hasn’t had any recently leaked documents sent to them about coronavirus in Iran but there are clear indications that people have been arrested for allegedly spreading the truth about coronavirus in Iran.
February 22 – #Iran
Locals in the cities of Lahijan, Talesh, Rudbar and Isfahan are protesting regime officials' denials and secretive measures regarding the coronavirus outbreak across the country.#COVID19 pic.twitter.com/Z6GJfYTFYm
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) February 22, 2020
Reporters Without Borders not happy with coronavirus secrets in Iran
A spokesperson said that Iran’s secrecy around the coronavirus is a danger to the rest of the world, stating that ‘withholding information can kill.’
Maryam Rajavi speaks out
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), is clearly worried about Iran’s stand on the coronavirus. She is pleading with physicians, nurses and hospital staff to tell the truth about the spread of the virus because it was in the public’s interest.
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) February 26, 2020
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