According to the Iranian opposition group The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCR), the government in Tehran is covering up the true extent of the country’s corona epidemic. The goal is to hide their own mismanagement and thus prevent a feared uprising.
Instead of the official 2200 deaths, 11,500 Iranians have already died from a Covid 19 infection. The group relies on an allegedly extensive network of informants in the community and among medical staff.
There are already 1,700 fatalities in Tehran, 1360 in Isfahan and 1300 in Qom. According to the group’s spokesman, Mohammad Mohadessin, 60 to 70 people die in Qom alone each day. According to research by the NCR, 1,250 Covid-19 victims were buried in the capital’s central cemetery, Behesht-e Zahra, by March 18 alone. The city has now placed an order to excavate another 10,000 graves.
Significant increase in numbers already in February
The information cannot currently be checked independently. The NCR, based in Paris and Albania, is considered a new edition of the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, which was on the list of terrorist groups by the United States until 2012. However, it has not committed acts of violence in almost two decades. Research by SPIEGEL and other media at least suggests that the actual death toll is significantly higher than the information provided by the government in Tehran.
The US think tank Carnegie writes that cases of the coronavirus in Iran started to explode in February. Officials had kept the news under cover, however, so as not to endanger the turnout in the country’s parliamentary elections. Covid-19 then spread across Iran within a few days.
About 90 percent of the estimated 17,000 cases across the Middle East are therefore related to the country.