MEK: Iran’s Coronavirus Crisis
While the death toll from Covid-19 continues to rise in Iran, and many health professionals warn that the sixth wave is on its way, the government has decided to resume education.
The reopening of schools and universities
“This would happen, since most adults are being vaccinated [at low paste], the reopening of schools and universities could lead to the spread of the disease to youth under 18,” Alireza Naji, Head of Virology Research Center at Beheshti University, said in response to a question from Mardom Salary daily about whether reopening schools would increase the number of patients. This is a cautionary note.”
“As with the fourth and fifth peaks, we are experiencing the fifth and sixth Covid-19 waves back-to-back. On October 23, Naji told Mardom Salary that the number of positive cases has not declined in a long time and is still very high.
Coronavirus vaccination rate
“In comparison to last week, the number of red cities has doubled this week.” Employees’ working hours have also been shortened in the meantime. Experts warn that eliminating the limitations in stages would have been more efficient. Nonetheless, the reopening of schools and universities, as well as the cancellation of virtual classes, could signal the start of the sixth wave, according to the state-run Setareh Sobh Daily, which also noted that Iran’s “coronavirus vaccination rate is far below the desired level of about 80%.”
The regime’s systemic corruption
The regime’s systemic corruption has wreaked havoc on Iran’s economy. As the economic crisis worsens, the regime’s factions blame one another for the current state of affairs. Since taking office in August 2021, Ebrahim Raisi, the regime’s new president, has followed in the footsteps of his predecessor, Hassan Rouhani, in making empty economic promises.
On October 23, the state-run Arman newspaper reported that “nearly three months after the beginning of the government, there has been no written and practical strategy by the government to change the people’s living conditions.” Arman daily agrees that “the country appears to be facing a shortage of budget, currency, and healthy incomes,” alluding to Raisi’s economic team’s “obvious contractions in actions and words.” Raisi, on the other hand, made pledges during his travels. How do you intend to pay for the costs of keeping these promises?”
No hope for the future of the country’s economy
“This is an important reason why economists have no hope for the future of the country’s economy,” Aftab-e Yazd said on October 23, “and with the current trend of policies concerning the economy and foreign policy, we will definitely face triple-digit inflation by next year.”
Raisi’s administration has boasted about evading sanctions and selling oil to China, claiming to have found a solution to Iran’s economic woes.
However, since China would only lend the regime legitimacy rather than money, “selling oil to China and increasing the country’s reliance on Chinese credit could make things much worse,” according to Aftab-e Yazd. Aftab-e Yazd warned that if the regime’s current “policies continue, it will no longer be possible to get out of this black hole,” referring to oil shipments to China.
State-run media warns regime officials
Sharq then warns regime officials that once people realize they “could not have a dignified and prosperous life, hardly find a job, cannot provide adequate food and treatment for their families due to the difference between the high inflation rate and low incomes, which has pushed more people under the poverty line,” the regime should expect major “protests like in January 2018 and November 2019, or the low participation in the [sham] presidential and parliamentary elections.”
“In a society where inflation is rampant and is pressuring people, every incident, however small, may ignite a fire that cannot be extinguished,” Arman daily cautioned.
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