Wednesday, Iran Wire reported that Eshagh Jahangiri, Iran’s first vice president tested positive for coronavirus [COVID-19] and is undergoing treatment in a secure environment. Last week, Iraj Harirchi, deputy health minister said he contracted the virus. He went into isolation immediately just less than 24 hours after appearing feverish at a press conference in which he downplayed the spread of the coronavirus and said mass quarantines were not mandatory.
Local media also reported last week that 81-year-old cleric and former Ambassador to the Vatican Hadi Khosrowshahi died of coronavirus. As of last count Iran has reported 2,922 cases of the coronavirus and 92 deaths just as 586 new infections were reported in the last 24 hours.
Iranian officials have been under international pressure to give a true accounting of its numbers and take decisive actions to curtail rising number of cases and deaths. Critics of the secretive regime have accused it of not been fully transparent about the extent of the outbreak.
The Iranian regime has since suspended parliament indefinitely and this week rejected an offer from the United States to help Iran respond to the virus. Iran has also temporarily freed 54,000 prisoners to reduce the spread of the virus among inmates and to contain the world’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak outside China.
Now pictures and videos emerging from Iran suggests that the business of government at the cabinet level has been gravely impacted because of the spread of the coronavirus. And the Iranian government has not been truthful about the situation in the country, covering up the scale of calamity.
Via Heshmat Alavi
Before and After coronavirus. A lot of empty seats in the bottom photo.
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— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) March 4, 2020
Iranians collapsing in public is unfortunately becoming the new norm as the regime refuses to take adequate action to address the coronavirus epidemic spreading across the country.#Iran#Covid_19pic.twitter.com/Rf60J72AMx
— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) March 3, 2020
March 1, Shohada Hospital, Tehran, #Iran
Voice says the patient is having seizures along with coughing fits but has not received aid for 2hrs.
– Hospitals are underequipped and overcapacity = rise in #COVID19 fatality rate.
Khamenei: Outbreak "is no big deal". pic.twitter.com/pQil97Ou1s
— Iran News Wire (@IranNW) March 4, 2020
In this final outtake, the below video outlines how Iran’s coronavirus outbreak began and how the regime’s effort to limit the extent of the virus helped spread it seemingly beyond control.
Iran’s response to the outbreak of the coronavirus has been both secretive and chaotic.