While many countries are fighting to stop the first wave or to prevent the second from taking numerous lives, there is a territory that is fully immersed in the third wave
The coronavirus continues to roam around the world, while experts are working on finding solutions that can curb pandemic that already has more than 39 million infected and 1.1 million deaths worldwide. But there is one country that is having a really hard time: Iran. Not in vain, it is the first town in the whole world that has not only had a very hard first wave and a second severe one but is already experiencing the third wave … and it is being more serious than the previous ones.
At the moment, many countries are fighting to try to stop the last ember of the first wave, while many other countries on the planet are mired in the middle of the second wave, trying to prevent the effects from being greater than the first wave. But Iran is plunged into a third wave with harsh consequences and at such a difficult time pushing the country’s health services to the limit, which are practically overwhelmed today.
The case of Iran is curious and can serve as an example for many other countries, including the United States. During the first wave, at its most serious moment they had about 2,200 daily cases of infected; During the second wave, its negative record took place on September 22, when 3,574 daily cases were exceeded; This Wednesday, October 14, Iran has broken all barriers with 4,830 new daily cases of covid-19, as shown by Johns Hopkins University records.
Wednesday’s data in the Persian country show that it is the day of the highest coronavirus infections since SARS-CoV-2 arrived in our lives, but the problem does not stop there: in fact, the 279 deaths registered in the official figures represent the highest death toll recorded from this disease, which already reached about 30,000 deaths from the pandemic. But these terrible figures could be even much higher: according to ‘BBC’, on July 20, when the Ministry of Health reported 14,405 total deaths, they had access to the government registry in which almost 42,000 victims were shown.
In fact, the data obtained by the British media led the Iranian Deputy Minister of Health, Iraj Haririchi, to confess that the actual death toll is significantly higher than the official figures. The explanation he offered is that Iran only counts the number of deaths from covid-19 if they have had a PCR with a positive result. But these records show many other people as well who died during the pandemic could have also died from this disease, and the total number of deaths may be between 1.5 and 2.2 times higher.
But what has Iran done wrong to make every wave of covid-19 much more serious than the previous one? The main problem is directly related to the population fatigue, as well as the making of a number of decisions that have caused society to relax in terms of precautionary measures. Over the weeks, many Iranians have decided, at their own risk and expense, not to comply with the basic protection measures, a fact that has caused the virus to continue to roam the Persian country.
The problem is the exponential number of cases are driving medical personnel to extreme exhaustion, at the same time poor basic supplies to contain the pandemic. But experts also criticize that some of the orders were not taken by scientists, but directly by the government regardless of their opinion, which has led to new rebounds: “Some decisions were not made by experts, such as reopening schools or an announcement of protocols that people were not obliged to follow”, Mohammad Reza Zafarghandi, head of the Iranian Medical Association, said in statements to ‘The Guardian’.
At present, 27 of the 31 provinces of Iran are considered as red zones due to the exponential increase in cases of covid-19, the capital Tehran being the most affected. In fact, another criticism of the authorities is the low punishment imposed for not complying with health standards: in fact, going out without a mask ‘only’ entails a fine of about $ 7. Little or almost nothing to prevent people from taking to the streets in a country that is experiencing the third hour of the coronavirus and that, at least officially, already has 29,870 deaths.