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Tuesday, 25 February 2020

A Disaster Waiting To Happen! Conflicting reports are coming from Iran as they "continue epidemic protocols to contain the virus" by not enforcing lockdowns or self-quarantine on people with symptoms

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  • Iran Continues Epidemic Protocoles to Contain Coronavirus Infection, Fars News Agency of Iran.
  • COVID-19 — is no harder than that of tackling an influenza epidemic in the country, which has been brought under control.
  • We will have better news in the coming days and there is no reason for concern,” OH REALLY?
  • Iranian leaders do not believe in forcing their people into a lockdown situation, they believe a lockdown is old fashioned and they do not ask people with symptoms to self-quarantine. So at the moment, people who do not yet show symptoms are mingling with healthy people and no doubt passing the virus on.
  • The Shia shrines in the cities of Qom and Mashhad are still open, despite Qom being a hotbed of the virus. 
  •  There are grand ayatollahs in Qom who believe that its shrine, which attracts millions of pilgrims from around the world, and its important seminary, which hosts many foreign religious students, are the pride of the Shia world.
  • Iran also lacks the medical equipment it needs to help contain the outbreak. It has run out of masks and does not have enough testing kits. 

Medical officials have assured that Iran will, in the near future, rein in the spread of a flu-like virus originating from China and that conditions of most of the patients diagnosed with the new coronavirus have improved. Ali Akbar Velayati, head of Tehran’s Masih Daneshvari Hospital, said at a press conference on Monday that the task of responding to the novel coronavirus — named COVID-19 — is no harder than that of tackling an influenza epidemic in the country, which has been brought under control. “Given the measures being taken to control the disease, we will have better news in the coming days and there is no reason for concern,” he said, assuring that there will soon be a decline in the spread of the epidemic and “the disease will be contained.” Presstv.

However, Iranian leaders do not believe in forcing their people into a lockdown situation, they believe a lockdown is old fashioned and they do not ask people with symptoms to self-quarantine. So at the moment, people who do not yet show symptoms are mingling with healthy people and no doubt passing the virus on. The Iranian leadership is well known for its ability to tell lies, (remember the shot down Ukranian plane disaster?) So when medical officials have assured that Iran will, in the near future, rein in the spread of a flu-like virus, you have to take that with more than just a pinch of salt.

Iran's deputy health minister spoke about his infection. Iran's Fars news agency has tweeted a video, apparently showing Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi confirming that he has been infected with the coronavirus. He had appeared at a press conference on Monday looking unwell and mopping his brow. He had "been on the frontlines combatting the virus", a health ministry spokesman said. he has also held many meetings with other leaders and officials recently, hmmm.

The Shia shrines in the cities of Qom and Mashhad are still open, despite Qom being a hotbed of the virus. There are grand ayatollahs in Qom who believe that its shrine, which attracts millions of pilgrims from around the world, and its important seminary, which hosts many foreign religious students, are the pride of the Shia world. Shutting them down would be a huge step for the clerics and not one that they would be likely to take unless they come under international pressure. We can see a clear conflict between religious fundamentalism and science. Iran also lacks the medical equipment it needs to help contain the outbreak. It has run out of masks and does not have enough testing kits. A number of medical workers have also been infected, so there is a worry that they will soon run out of doctors and nurses to attend to those with the disease. The majority of Iranians are extremely worried.  according to the BBC.

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