Dead bodies are “piling up” in Qom due to the coronavirus outbreak, an Iranian MP said on Wednesday.
He also warned that if the city is not quarantined, Iran will end up having the most deaths in the world due to the virus.
Several Iranian officials have disputed the official coronavirus figures in Iran and criticised the government’s handling of the outbreak.
“Corpses piling up in Qom and the helplessness of the people of Rasht are evidence of the failure in giving timely warnings about coronavirus,” tweeted Abdolkarim Hosseinzadeh on Wednesday.
1/2— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) March 5, 2020
Iranian MP Abdolkarim Hosseinzadeh talks about "dead bodies piling up in Qom," referring to a city in central #Iran that has become the epicenter of the country's #CoronavirusOutbreak. pic.twitter.com/Y7XXv39O0u
And continued in the same Tweet: “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 linked to coronavirus.”
Bodies stacked in plastic bags inside a morgue
A viral video shows bodies stacked in plastic bags inside the Qom cemetery morgue. The person who filmed the terrifying video has been arrested by the authorities.
You can look at this graphic video below:
It’s unclear which, if any, of the people whose bodies lie in the morgue were infected with the coronavirus gripping the country… But I haven’t heard about another deadly virus wreaking havoc in Iran right now!
Under Islamic tradition in Iran, corpses are typically washed with soap and water before burial.
But two medical workers in Qom explained that in some cases precautions related to the outbreak are preventing staff from observing traditional Islamic guidelines for burial.
Official Cover Up
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.”
The total number of coronavirus deaths in Iran is 107 amid 3,513 confirmed cases, the health ministry said on Thursday. I think it’s far larger! Just look at these crazy people licking sacred shrines in temples in Iran‘s crisis epicenter. There are just insane! More coronavirus headlines on Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. [AlArabiya, CNN]
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