Dead bodies ‘piling up in Qom’ amid coronavirus outbreak says Iran MP

An Iranian man wears a protective mask to prevent contracting coronavirus, as he walks on a street in Tehran, Iran. (Reuters)

Dead bodies are “piling up” in Qom due to the coronavirus outbreak, an Iranian MP said on Wednesday, warning that if the city is not quarantined, Iran will end up having the most deaths in the world due to the virus.

“Corpses piling up in Qom and the helplessness of the people of Rasht are evidence of the failure in giving timely warnings about coronavirus,” Abdolkarim Hosseinzadeh tweeted on Wednesday.

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“You did not quarantine cities, but now that we are at the peak of the outbreak, at least make home quarantines mandatory in Qom and Rasht so that we do not become world record holders for the number of deaths [due to coronavirus],” he added in the same tweet.

Several Iranian officials have disputed the official coronavirus figures in Iran and criticised the government’s handling of the outbreak.

A Tehran Municipality worker cleans a bus to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 illness on February 26, 2020. (AFP)

A Tehran Municipality worker cleans a bus to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 illness on February 26, 2020. (AFP)

While the official death toll from the virus for the whole country stood at 12 on February 24, an MP from Qom said on the same day that 50 people had died from coronavirus in his city alone.

A lawmaker from the city of Rasht had also disputed the health ministry’s figures, saying that the death toll from coronavirus in Iran is “much higher” than the official death toll.

“I have statistics about the number of deaths due to coronavirus from three different cemeteries in Rasht and I have to say that the numbers are much higher than what is being said,” he said.

The total number of coronavirus deaths in Iran is 107 amid 3,513 confirmed cases, the health ministry said on Thursday.



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