Iran cover-up of deaths revealed by data leak

Cheryl Sanders
August 5, 2020

Iran's COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 17,000 after another 208 fatalities have been registered in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said on Sunday, as broadcast by the IRINN news network.

A leakedBBC reportindicates that the real death count is nearly 42,000 versus official reports by the health ministry of just 14,405.

The report said that Iran's official coronavirus figures were based only on the number of deaths in hospitals and those who had already tested positive for the coronavirus.

Iran, the worst-hit country in the Middle East, has been accused of covering up its coronavirus cases since early in the pandemic.

Iran has suffered an increase in total number of cases over the past few weeks.

According to the BBC, government documents shows the first Covid-19 death in the country was recorded on January 22.

Doctors with direct knowledge of di matter bin don tell BBC say di Iranian health ministry been dey under pressure from security and intelligence bodies inside Iran. The official numbers will make Iran the worst-affected country by Covid-19 in West Asia.

The number of cases is also much higher than official government reports.

Iran was one of the first coronavirus hotspots early in the pandemic, and remains the worst-hit nation in the Middle East, even according to the lower public figures.

The BBC was sent the figures by an anonymous source.

The health ministry has said that the country's reports to the World Health Organization are "transparent" and "far from any deviations".

For Kamkar hospital, wia dia brother die, plenty patients wey dem admit with similar symptoms to Covid-19, no respond to di usual treatments.

He added: 'Initially they did not have testing kits and when they got them, they weren't used widely enough'.

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