Female vice president seems to be the highest level official who is known to be infected.
Before that, the public had worried about Japanese Prime Minister Abe, South Korean Prime Minister Wen zaiyin, Slovak Prime Minister pelegrini and other EU leaders, even trump, but it turned out to be a false alarm.
Now, Irans vice president has been diagnosed directly, and when it comes down, it will be somewhat surprising and astonishing to the public.
At present, in addition to the vice president, the chairman of the national security and Foreign Affairs Committee of the Iranian parliament, and the Deputy Minister of health of Iran, seven senior Iranian officials have been confirmed. Novel coronavirus pneumonia has been passed away by the former ambassador to Iran.
People cant help asking, how serious is the epidemic in Iran?
How did the Iranian epidemic break out
Because the vice president was confirmed, the Iranian epidemic became the focus of the whole network.
In fact, the development of Irans epidemic is worrying.
Iran has announced its novel coronavirus pneumonia since February 19th, and the epidemic is gradually deteriorating. Novel coronavirus pneumonia cases in Iran were up to 388 noon, 28 cases died at noon, and 34 cases died, with a mortality rate of 8.76%.
Many people dont know how the outbreak started in Iran and why the situation suddenly became so severe.
Irans vice minister of health admitted that he had just appeared on TV the day before the new coronavirus infection and denied that the government had lied about it. Video source: our video of Beijing News
The outbreak in Iran began in Qom.
Qom is the seventh largest city in Iran, with a population of more than 1 million. Because of its long history and many majestic and ancient mosques, Qom has become a famous tourist resort and religious pilgrimage site. At present, the vast majority of cases published in Iran have a contact history with Qom.
Although the outbreak occurred in Qom, Iranian officials are not sure who is patient zero.
As a tourist resort and religious holy city, Qom has a large population and mobility, so once the outbreak, it will spread rapidly.
The situation in Iran is grim, and it is likely to be related to the election. The Iranian parliament is elected every four years. On February 21 this year, it is the quadrennial election voting day. There are 208 constituencies in Iran. In each constituency, voters need to gather to vote, which to some extent exacerbates the spread of the virus.
The outbreak of novel coronavirus pneumonia in the tourist attraction and the boost of the national vote also brought about a hidden danger for the new crown pneumonia virus. The reason why the virus can spread so rapidly in such a large scale that several senior officials are infected is also related to the lack of awareness of the Iranian authorities and the public on the prevention of the epidemic.
This can be seen in a few cases.
Novel coronavirus pneumonia was diagnosed in February 25th by the Vice Minister of health of Iran, Hari, who was confirmed at the day of the outbreak conference. Although he kept cheering for the people, he didnt wear a mask from the beginning to the end. Moreover, after his diagnosis, the people present at that time did not receive any notice of the need for isolation, and some continued to attend important government meetings.
The infected vice president, herself a doctor of immunology, attended a cabinet meeting in Tehran on the 26th before she was diagnosed with the infection on the 27th. She did not wear a mask at the meeting, and Iranian President Mahmoud Rouhani was sitting three meters away.
The Iranian vice president met with President Mahmoud Rouhani and several ministers before the diagnosis. Information map.
This is still the case with the highest level of officials, and the awareness of the general public can be imagined.
According to media reports, even in the streets of the capital Tehran, there are still quite a number of people without masks, some still attend the party as usual.
But that is gradually changing. In recent two days, it has been revealed that many senior officials have been confirmed to be infected, and the situation of the epidemic has intensified. The general public has gradually begun to pay attention to the epidemic. Many Iranians are even panicking. Disinfectants and masks have been sold out in many places.
At present, the Iranian government has taken a series of measures to deal with the epidemic. Mosques in Tehran and many cities have announced the cancellation of gatherings, some city sports competitions, concerts and other gathering activities, and some schools have closed.
Irans military factories have been ordered to produce 20000 liters of disinfectant a day and provide masks to markets and health institutions, the state news agency (IRNA) reported. Rahmani, Minister of industry, mining and trade of Iran, announced that 13 major mask manufacturers in the country will start work 24 hours a day, producing about 2 million masks.
However, despite the sharp rise in the number of confirmed cases, Iran has not yet imposed a blockade on cities and villages, even in the outbreak area of Qom, cities have not been sealed, and pilgrimage sites have not been banned. In response, Iranian President Mahmoud Rouhani said the government did not plan to take more stringent control measures, because that would seriously affect the economy.
Irans epidemic prevention and control is worrying
The reason why the situation in Iran is worrisome comes from many aspects.
It can be seen from the above that no matter the Iranian government or the general public, their awareness of prevention of the epidemic is obviously insufficient. This is largely due to Irans lack of experience in epidemic prevention and control.
In recent years, no matter SARS or H1N1 or mers, they have not made a great impact on the Iranian mainland, which leads to the lack of awareness and attention of the public, the lack of experience of the government, and the lack of strict and comprehensive control.
In addition, Irans medical and health conditions and infectious disease monitoring system to deal with the epidemic are relatively inadequate.
When it comes to medical conditions, many people think that the high mortality rate of Iranian patients is due to the low medical level in Iran. This is not the case.
In fact, the level of hardware and medical staff in Iranian hospitals is not bad. Many doctors have overseas study background. Iran has also established a hierarchical health care system throughout the country, with primary health care system covering 95% of the rural population, which is rated as excellent by UNICEF.
As for the high case fatality rate in Iran, according to media speculation, it is related to the fact that some patients were seriously ill when they were diagnosed and admitted. Irans testing equipment is relatively inadequate, which is likely to have a large number of potential patients.
Irans medical conditions are good, but in recent years, affected by the US sanctions, it has been hit hard. 97% of the drugs used in Iran are produced locally, but one third of the raw materials are imported; most of the medical equipment is completely imported.
U.S. sanctions have largely restricted Irans purchase of medical devices and drugs produced by western countries. For example, an Iranian official recently admitted that US sanctions have affected the import of new coronavirus detection kits.
Now, in order to help Iran prevent the epidemic, the United States has announced to relax the sanctions on Iran, allowing Iran to buy medical supplies to fight the epidemic. However, in a short time, it is difficult for Iran to prepare all necessary medical equipment and drugs, which will inevitably affect the detection, treatment and protection of patients.
On the one hand, there are many loopholes in Irans infectious disease monitoring system. Although, Iran has also established a surveillance system for infectious diseases. However, in this system, many private medical institutions do not understand the reporting system, and the basic medical institutions have poor conditions and backward equipment. Many health centers, because there is no computer, can only record data manually. According to a survey by a scholar, only 25% of the 60 medical centers in urban and rural areas can use computers to record data. This is a hidden danger for the detection, treatment and even reporting of patients.
Generally speaking, on the one hand, the Iranian government has not implemented timely and effective control measures to control the spread of the epidemic. On the other hand, there are many problems in Iran, such as peoples self-protection, national medical conditions and infectious disease monitoring system. Let alone in the control of the epidemic, it also involves a variety of economic, political, cultural and religious issues. The Iranian epidemic is really worrying.
At a press conference on the 28th local time, a spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of health admitted that the coming week will be the peak of the outbreak in Iran.
At present, Iran has not only intensified the domestic epidemic situation, but also affected neighboring countries. Afghanistan, Georgia, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon and Oman, which are adjacent to Iran, have reported the first case of coronavirus. The situation of the Iranian epidemic has aroused widespread concern in the international community.
Recently, the Chinese embassy has provided Iran with 250000 masks and 5000 nucleic acid kits. Because of the long-term sanctions, Iran still needs the common assistance of the international community in dealing with the epidemic.
There is no national boundary in the fight against the epidemic. Obviously, the situation in Iran still needs more attention from the world.
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No one wore a mask when Iranian officials visited the confirmed vice president? Fake!
Today, a picture claiming that no one was wearing a mask when Iranian officials visited the vice president infected with the new crown virus spread online.
But Geng Zhige found after verification that the description of this picture on the Internet is not true.