COVID-19: Death toll in Iran maybe triple

Tehran, 3rd August 2020: Death toll due to the deadly pandemic maybe triple in Iran as per official tally. 

According to reports of BBC News, the number of fatalities from coronavirus in Iran may have been almost three times larger than official counts, the BBC’s Persian news service said. The report is based on data from an unidentified person close to the Iranian authorities.

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The BBC said the data was sent anonymously and that it couldn’t verify whether the sender works for an Iranian government body, or identify the means by which the data was accessed. But the details on lists correspond to those of some living and deceased patients already known to the BBC, it said.

However, Iran’s Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari has denied the claim of a cover-up and stressed that the government had been “fully transparent” in reporting the data regarding COVID-19.

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The pandemic may have killed as many as 42,000 Iranians by July 21 compared with some 14,000 deaths reported by the Health Ministry by that time, the report said. More than 450,000 people had contracted the virus in that period, the person said. The state tally stood at 279,000.

According to the latest data, Iran has suffered the Middle East’s worst coronavirus death toll at 17,190 from more than 309,000 cases so far.

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