Iranian Parliament spokesman: “Any citizen found to be “spreading rumors” about the virus would be sentenced to flogging and one-to-three years in prison”

Iranian MP Says Government is Concealing ‘Horrific Numbers’ of Coronavirus Deaths: ‘It’s Not As If We Can Hide the Cemeteries’
by Zachary Evans
February 28, 2020

An Iranian member of Parliament on Friday said cases of the Wuhan coronavirus in the country were much more widespread than officials have reported. “I say this explicitly, the statistics presented so far are not true,” MP Gholamali Jafarzadeh Imenabadi told Al-Arabiya, a Saudi news network, adding that the “horrific numbers” of deaths have been recorded by cemeteries in Imenabadi’s city of Rasht, in northern Iran. “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,” Imenabadi added. “It is not as if we can hide the cemeteries.” READ MORE

RADIO FARDA Canadian Researchers Say 18,000 People Might Be Infected With Coronavirus In Iran A group of University of Toronto scientists and doctors have published an article offering an estimate that based on Coronavirus cases traveling from Iran to other countries it is statistically possible that 18,000 people are infected in the county. Researchers focused on volume of travel from Iran to other countries and proven cases of infected people arriving in other countries, such as Lebanon and Canada.

BLOOMBERG Coronavirus Will Hammer Iran’s Economy The contagion has done what American economic sanctions could not: shut down non-oil exports.  In the early days of the outbreak, officials seemed mainly concerned about public diplomacy with China. Keen to preserve the bilateral trade relationship, they kept up flights to China when other countries were cancelling them.

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