The death toll in Iran from the coronavirus is nearly three times as high as the Iranian government claims. That reports BBC News who investigated a data breach in the night from Sunday to Monday.
Data from the Iranian government shows that up to July 20, nearly 42,000 Iranians had died from the effects of the COVID-19 virus. However, according to the Iranian Ministry of Health, there are 14,405 deaths. In mid-March, the actual figures were according to BBC News five times higher than reported.
The number of infections is also almost twice as high, according to official government data. The government has registered 451,024 infections, compared to 278,827 infections registered by the ministry.
In addition, medical records indicate that someone died in Iran on January 22 from the effects of the virus, almost a month before the first official infection was diagnosed.
It is not clear why the Iranian government has withheld the actual figures. The government may have feared that the numbers would increase unrest in Iran. In Iran, before the corona crisis, there was an economic crisis, among other things, as a result of the termination of the nuclear deal with the US.
Number of infections and deaths in Iran is increasing
Iran was one of the hardest hit countries at the start of the pandemic. The authorities introduced various measures to combat the spread of the virus. These measures were gradually relaxed in mid-April, resulting in more infections and deaths. On July 7, a record 200 deaths were recorded in one day.
Ever since the coronavirus outbreak in Iran, there have been doubts about official figures from the Ministry of Health. For example, there would be many irregularities between the national and regional figures.