[I'm not sure what to make of this. I tend to believe the Italians and Germans regarding the lethality of Corona Virus. But I have wondered if there are different things at work in different countries. How good is their science? They're not that advanced in certain respects. I think we'll get the best info from Europe.
div>This is also a Russian report, and the Russians are the main backers of the Iranians, so unlike Israel they don't harbour hatred for the Iranians. Jan]
People carry coffins of the victims of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Beheshte Masoumeh Cemetery in Qom, Iran on March 17, 2020. © Getty Images / Fatemah Bahrami/Anadolu Agency
Iranian authorities have provided shocking statistics showing the massive scale of the local Covid-19 outbreak. The country remains the worst-affected in the Middle East, with 1,284 coronavirus deaths already.
“Based on our information, every 10 minutes one person dies from the coronavirus and some 50 people become infected with the virus every hour in Iran,” Kianush Jahanpur, the health ministry spokesman, wrote on Twitter.
The death toll from the disease in Iran has reached 1,284 people, with 149 deaths coming in the last 24 hours. With 18,407 infected, Iranian medics are overwhelmed with the number of patients.
The fight against the highly-contagious virus is being hampered by the harsh US sanctions against Tehran which Washington refuses to remove or soften despite international calls.
The Covid-19 epidemic has botched the celebrations of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, which are to begin on Friday. The government called on citizens to stay indoors and avoid traveling to help contain the