worried after record increase in Iran case

The increase in new cases of Covid-19 in Iran, the highest since the pandemic began, is worrying authorities, who are multiplying the warnings and urging the population to remember that the disease is still there.

Covid-19 reappears in Iran. New confirmed cases of infection have reached a record high, with 3,574 people infected within 24 hours, Iranian Ministry of Health spokesman Kianouche Jahanpour said on Thursday.

The new pollution indicator, which has been going on for a month, has seen them accelerate in recent days to exceed the peak of 3,186 new cases declared reached on March 30.

With 59 new deaths between Wednesday and Thursday, the number of deaths caused each day by Covid-19 remains relatively low, according to figures released by Kianouche Jahanpour.

While the official number of daily deaths has hovered below 100 in recent weeks, the number of new cases announced by the authorities has begun an upward trend since May 2.

The increase in the identified cases can be linked to the multiplication of tests, of which more than a million were conducted according to the Iranian official, while the screening becomes more systematic over time.

Responsibility thrown at the population

President Hassan Rohani does not miss an opportunity to remember how well his government has succeeded, in his view, the health crisis – despite a situation made especially difficult by US sanctions – in comparison with European countries or the United States, sworn enemy to the Islamic Republic and countries that most affected by the virus.

But his health minister, Saïd Namaki, a doctor of his profession, had a much less victorious speech. The Iranian official quoted on Tuesday by Isna News Agency, “that people have become completely ruthless” before the disease. “They either have total confidence in us, or they think the coronavirus is gone. And the last statement is completely false,” he added.

His assistant Iraj Harirchi asks to reduce “unnecessary travel and travel”, “strongly recommends” to wear a mask and regrets that, according to him, the population is much less convinced than before about the need to follow the sanitary and stay home instructions.

At the same time, on Iranian television, a winding band reminiscent of health instructions to respect the virus: “Failure to respect social distance, rules of personal or public hygiene and unnecessary travel can have irreparable consequences”.

Paradoxically, the same channel several times a day with dramatic music broadcasts an animated infographic that puts the message that Iran, ahead of the epidemic, is doing much better than many other countries.

Ten provinces on health alert

In total, the epidemic of viral pneumonia has killed 8,071 people in Iran out of a total of 164,270 people infected, according to official figures. These are largely underestimated overseas, as are some Iranian officials.

The country gradually began to ease restrictions and measures to limit the spread of the epidemic in April, to the point where life has resumed an almost normal course in most of the country’s 31 provinces.

But Khuzestan, in the southeastern part of the country, returned to the “red zone” in early May, and nine other provinces remain in a state of “health warning”.

With AFP