Iran could have 25 million cases of coronavirus: Rouhani – National


The Iranian president estimated on Saturday that 25 million Iranians may have been infected with the coronavirus since the start of the epidemic, as he urged the public to take the pandemic seriously, the official news agency reported on Saturday. IRNA.Hassan Rohani cited a new study by the Iranian Ministry of Health with unprecedented figures.

Rohani also said that around 30 to 35 million people will be infected with the virus in the coming months.

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“We have to estimate that 30 to 35 million people will be exposed to the virus, which is very important,” Rouhani added.

Iranian officials have not explained what the report’s estimates are based on. The study has so far not been made public.

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Referring to the report, Rouhani said he also predicts that the number of hospitalizations will soon be “twice as high as what we have seen in the past 150 days”.

In recent weeks, Iran has seen the daily death toll rise to its highest level ever, raising growing fear even as government officials say it cannot close the country for fear of destroying its economy. hit by the sanctions.

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Iran has experienced the worst epidemic in the Middle East, with more than 270,000 confirmed cases and at least 13,979 deaths. That includes 2,166 new cases and 188 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the Department of Health.

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Authorities in the capital of Tehran are imposing new restrictions as of Saturday, amid the sharp increase in cases in recent weeks, shutting down some public spaces like cafes, zoos and indoor pools.

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Rouhani’s most recent remarks show that questions remain about the country’s official figures regarding the outbreak, even after officials have publicly acknowledged its significance.

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Before Iran reported its first virus cases in February, authorities denied reaching the country for days, allowing time for the virus to spread as the nation marked the 41st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution with protests mass, then organized parliamentary elections during which the authorities desperately sought to increase the turnout.

A parliamentary report in April said the death toll in Iran was likely nearly double the officially released figures. Due to insufficient testing, the report says the number of people infected at the time was likely “eight to 10 times” higher than the figures reported.

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Even today, the Iranian death toll remains based on those who died in hospital coronavirus departments. However, many more are believed to have died at home, and some families have reportedly asked doctors not to mention their loved ones who died of the virus to avoid the stigma associated with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

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