UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Tehran on Monday pledged to be transparent in the face of the “Covid-19” virus in Iran, but it categorically denied that the virus had killed 50 people, according to a deputy who accused the government of “lying to the people.”
“I deny this information categorically,” Deputy Minister of Health Iraj Harerji said when asked about the outcome referred to by MP Ahmed Amir Abadi Farhani.
The fundamentalist deputy from the city of Qom – where the first cases and deaths of the new virus were detected on February 19 – confirmed that the number of deaths rose on Sunday evening to “about 50 people” in this holy city of the Shiites, located 150 km south of Tehran. Qom is also the most affected by the virus among Iranian provinces.
“I ask our brother, who has announced the outcome of 50 dead, to provide us with the list of names in a letter. And I will resign if the number of deaths in Qom is half or even a quarter of this toll,” the deputy health minister declared.
“We are committed to be transparent in terms of publishing the results,” said government spokesman Ali al-Rubaie, vowing to “announce all figures about the dead throughout the country.”
The “Ilna” news agency, which is close to the reformists, was the first to publish the accusations made by Amir Abadi Farhani in front of Iranian media in the wake of a closed meeting on the virus with Health Minister Saeed Namki.
The MP also accused the government of “not telling the truth” about the extent of “Covid-19” in Iran, according to the semi-official “Esna” agency.
“The rest of the media did not publish the number, but we prefer not to exercise control over what is related to the virus because the lives of the people are at risk,” editor-in-chief of Elna Fatima Mahdiani told AFP.
– Late Announcement –
After that, the Fars agency close to the fundamentalists explained that the representative of Qom was talking about the death toll of “less than 50” in his city, in response to a question asked about whether the total number touches the sixty.
“Unfortunately, the virus arrived in Qom three weeks ago, and the announcement came too late,” the agency quoted the deputy as saying.
On Monday, the authorities announced the death of four new people who were infected with “Covid-19”.
The announcement raises the total number of deaths in Iran to 12 out of 61, according to the Ministry of Health.
This toll places Iran at the forefront of countries affected by the virus, but with the exception of China, where the “COFED-19” began to spread, and 2,600 deaths were recorded.
Qom comes in the lead in the Iranian provinces where casualties were recorded (34), followed by Tehran (13), Ghaylan (North, 6 cases), Markazi (Central, 4), Isfahan (Central, two cases), Hamadan (West, one injury) Mazandaran (north, one hit), according to the Ministry of Health.
With the exception of the first two deaths in Qom, the authorities no longer indicate the location of the deaths recorded.
– Trader or hackers? –
The confidence of the Iranian people in the authorities is at stake since the case of the Ukrainian Airlines plane in which 176 people died, the majority of whom are Iranians and Canadians.
The armed forces claimed responsibility for the tragedy three days after it occurred, and after the civil authorities denied a missile hypothesis that Canada had put forward hours after the incident.
On Monday, Kuwait and Bahrain announced the discovery of the first cases of the virus, adding that they were sourced from Iran, which is located on the other Gulf Bank.
The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health said that the initial tests conducted for people coming from the city of Mashhad, the second city of Iran, “resulted in three cases bearing confirmed results.”
Iran has not yet announced any casualties in this city in the north-east of the country and is a major destination for religious visits by Shi’a followers.
For its part, Iraq announced the monitoring of the first injury, which is an Iranian student in the religious sciences in the city of Najaf.
The spokesman for the Iranian Parliament Office, Asdallah Abbasi, announced after the closed meeting of deputies with the Minister of Health, that the latter returned “the cause of the virus spread in Iran” to infiltrators “who entered illegally into the country, coming from Pakistan, Afghanistan and China,” according to the “ISNA” agency.
Despite this, the Iranian minister announced on Sunday that one of the deceased as a result of the injury in Qom was “a (local) merchant who made several trips to China.”
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