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Day 8 of aggregating information on what goes on with #COVIDー19 in Iran.

Picking up from yesterday:

Finally authorities are putting Mazandaran province on quarantine: only fuel and food trucks are allowed. This late, its effectiveness will be limited.

The same authorities have had argued for quarantine to be "non-scientific" and "from middle ages".

From what I can gather severely-hit Gilan province is in a similar quarantine but no official word as of yet.

Gilan and Mazandaran are holiday destinations especially during Persian New Year which starts in 2 weeks.

There is no quarantine in the #COVIDー19 epicentre, Qom, which is Iran's political and religious powerhouse - in fact, one-day closedown of the city on Saturday was called off.

A number of high profile religious and political figures in Qom have already succumbed to the virus.
A video from yesterday 4 PM reporting that Uni-affiliated Imam Khomeini Hospital in Tehran has been completely evacuated to admit #COVIDー19 patients. It is internationally known for its Infectious Diseases department.

[I did part of my medical education in that hospital]
A journalist claims that he has got hold of an official hospital letter in Qom dated 1 Feb confirming authorities were well aware of the existence of #COVIDー19 virus in Qom.

This is almost 20 days before any official acknowledgment.

The letter says that only Dr. Mohammadreza Ghadir is permitted to be interviewed regarding the disease.

Dr Ghadir later contracted #COVIDー19 virus himself.
Head of the Iranian Nursing Council has questioned lack of supplies to protect nurses in severely affected areas: "In these troubled times when the nursing staff are working hard with self-sacrifice, lack of supplies has no justification"

This is an admission letter by Dr Fariba Farahi, Emergency Medicine specialist in Qom, admitting herself for contracting #COVIDー19

The letter is dated yesterday.
After head of IRGC, this time an MP and senior member of Security and Intelligence committee in the parliament has attributed #COVIDー19 to biological warfare.

Quarantine of the Gilan province has now been officially announced.

Colonel Rasoul Azizi, a senior Police official and ex-chief of Police forces in Gilan has died of #COVD19 infection. He had been hospitalised since 2 weeks ago.
#Breaking official #COVID19 numbers:

Cases: 4747 (+1234)
Deaths: 124 (+17)

Number of new cases has been more than doubled…
The numbers above are both extremely worrying and bonkers.
On one hand, daily explosion of affected #COVIDー19 cases in:
- Zanjan (2 -> 15 -> 50)
- Central (20 -> 37 -> 104)
- Lorestan (18 -> 30 -> 80)
is the harbinger of these provinces turning into new hotspots.
On another hand, numbers on Khorasan Razavi and Khouzestan have remained constant in two consecutive days (89 and 63, respectively).

Is this due to clerical error? Reports not arrived on time? Or doctored? More worrying if they are due to lack of
#COVIDー19 diagnosis kits.
Another angle is discrepancies. Isfahan's new cases according to report above were 150 (238 -> 388).

However Isfahan's Health spokesperson, while referring to the same report, states #COVIDー19 new cases in this province to be 183.…
Ahmad Dehghan, Head of Qom Seminary's Tafsir division has died of #COVIDー19

The roads from Gilan province Ardabil have been closed to curtail spread of #COVIDー19 from Gilan.

An official in Yazd's council has asked for a Crisis Headquarter to be setup in the city.

#COVIDー19 confirmed cases have jumped to 57 from just 7 since yesterday.…
This is Babol, Mazandaran. Authorities haev been using fire engines, etc to ask people to stay indoors to prevent the spread of #COVIDー19.

Authorities quarantined Mazandaran province last night.

This is ridiculous. Now authorities asking the public to donate/provide masks, gloves for Gilan hospital nurses and doctors.

Donating from where? Authorities have banned selling of such goods from drugstores so that they can control distribution.

Dr. Hamid Soori, an epidemiologist in Iran, stated that the trend of the increase of the cases in Iran is declining.

This is despite the fact that even according to the official reports, number of new cases have been have been more doubled today.…
I guess @WHO has said it without saying it of how terrible the reporting [and transparency?] has been:

"But more work is needed, especially in data collection and analysis."

Telling you how bad it is:

China TV: "11 #COVIDー19 cases have entered from Iran by plane."

Head of Kamkar Hospital in Qom has contracted #COVID19 and is now admitted and in isolation.

Qom is the epicentre of the disease in Iran.

Colonel Elyasi, one of Qom sheriffs, has passed away due to #COVIDー19…
Sadly another doctor seems to have passed away due to #COVIDー19 in Gilan, this time in Bandar Anzali. Dr. Siamak Divshali, a Paediatrician working in Bandar Anzali's public hospital has died.

This is the 4th death of a medical staff in Gilan province.

And yet the 5th is Shahin Samadpour, a nurse working in Qaem hospital in Rasht, Gilan province. He died just hours ago due to #COVIDー19 infection.

Rest in peace.

Medical staff admitted in Gilan hospitals #COVIDー19

- Dr Ahamd Ekrami: cardiologist
- Dr Omid Rahnama
- Dr Bahram Naderi
- Esmail Nikrah: Anaesthetists
- Jaber Kaffash: Nurse
- Solmaz Rezaei: Nurse
- Pirooz Mosaed: Head Nurse

This video is from Bandar Anzali, Gilan. Another collapse case - suspecting #COVIDー19.

Locals have called ambulance several times were told none available and finally someone took him with no protective gear.

Health system is imploding under pressure.
If it was just #COVIDー19, we would be China. We are grappling with so much more: incompetence, ignorance and superstition. This is allegedly a recording of Qom Crisis meeting, with an 'Islamic doctor' wanting to enter to take part in decision making.

I am pretty sure most of you are aware of another 'Islamic doctor' prescribing rubbing viola flower oil down in your bottom. I did not report it but it is sadly true.
Dr. Firooz Khoshhal, an anaesthesiologist and severe burn specialist, has been hospitalised in Bandar Anzali, Gilan with respiratory symptoms suspecting of #COVID19

An MP to Rasht, Gilan: "Number of #COVID19 cases are exponentially increasing and there is sheer lack of medical and preventive supplies. No more beds available for new cases. We need field hospitals now!"

Things are absolutely desperate in Gilan province.
After Gilan and Mazandaran provinces, Qazvin has been put under a closedown. Only fuel and food trucks and vehicles from the city are allowed in. Qazvin is now official Code Red.

[What matters is restricting traffic out of the cities, not into. No?]

It has been a very depressing day. So many casualties among the medical staff in Gilan.

All of this while Qom, the epicentre of #COVID, has not yet been quarantined.

Stay safe.
I know I cloeswd the thread but sadly another doctor is gone.

Dr Mostafa Samadi, who had admitted himself as his last patient, has died of #COVIDー19 in Babol, Mazandaran after 6 days of fighting with the #coronvirus.

Rest in peace.🌷🌷🌷

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