Wednesday , 25 November 2020

Health and Hygiene

Coronavirus: Iran reports record high of over 13,500 COVID-19 cases

Al-Arabia – Iran registered on Wednesday a daily record high of 13,843 new coronavirus cases, the health ministry said, pushing the national tally to 894,385 in the Middle East’s worst-hit country. Ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV that the death toll rose by 469 in the past 24 hours to 46,207. For more on coronavirus, visit our dedicated …

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Covid-19 and Iran’s “Traditional Medicine” Controversy

iranwire.com – Following the resignations of two senior health ministry officials, the ministry has admitted that it funded research into “alternative” or “traditional” medicine to treat people with Covid-19. The ministry has also conceded that its strategy to combat the coronavirus crisis has been inefficient and lacked transparency. “There is such a thing as traditional medicine and it even has its own …

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Fact Check: Has China Defeated the Pandemic?

iranwire.com – On November 20, 2020, the Tehran-based newspaper Kayhan declared a “complete defeat of the coronavirus in China”. Quoting President Xi Jinping, the ultraconservative daily wrote: “While the World Health Organization has warned of an upward curve of Covid-19 deaths in many countries, China yesterday announced the complete defeat of coronavirus within the country. China, which has a population of more …

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Covid-19 Medicine for Sale on Black Market

iranwire.com -A member of the National Coronavirus Taskforce has described the news that coronavirus drugs are being sold on the black market as a “tragedy.” On November 23, Dr. Minoo Moharez, a member of the National Coronavirus Taskforce’s Scientific Committee, expressed outrage that several types of medication used to treat Covid-19 patients are being sold at exorbitant prices at Tehran’s Nasser Khosrow Avenue, …

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Iranians Ignore “Extensive Lockdowns”

iranwire.com – On Sunday, November 22, “extensive lockdowns” across many cities and provinces in Iran entered a second day. And yet photographs and videos posted online show that the public has not paid much attention. As with other restrictive measures introduced by the National Coronavirus Taskforce, Iranians have largely ignored the rules. Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, who is also the …

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Deputy Health Minister Accuses His Boss of Incompetence and Resigns

iranwire.com – On the evening of Friday, November 20, news broke that Reza Malekzadeh, Iran’s deputy minister for health research, and Ali Nobakht Haghighi, the newly-appointed secretary of the Coronavirus Advisory Council, had both resigned. News of the abrupt departures quickly gave way to political infighting. In an already febrile atmosphere following arguments over next year’s presidential election, various political …

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Officials and MPs Clash Over Coronavirus Fines and Subsidies

iranwire.com – Iran’s most stringent coronavirus measures yet are due go into effect across the country from the small hours of Saturday, November 20. The new “comprehensive lockdowns” have been approved by the Supreme National Security Council and will be backed up with the full force of the law. Up until now, measures introduced by the National Coronavirus Taskforce have …

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Security Agencies’ New Project: Certifying Dissidents Insane

iranwire.com – Aminabad Psychiatric Hospital and Evin Prison are located, respectively, in the southernmost and upper northern areas of Tehran. In a sense, the two facilities are far closer than they appear on a map. Security agencies in Iran have fostered a strong administrative link between the two: one that now requires just a handful of signatures to transform a …

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IranWire Exclusive: Most Iranians Don’t Trust the Government on Covid-19

iranwire.com – An independent poll conducted for IranWire has found the majority of Iranians do not fully trust the officials tasked with managing the coronavirus epidemic in Iran. The survey, carried out by Stasis Consulting between October 22 and October 28, involved telephone interviews with a random sample of 1,297 Iranians aged 18 and older living in provinces across Iran. It found that a …

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Former Iranian PM Mousavi, under house arrest, tests positive for COVID-19

Al-Monitor – Former Iranian Prime Minister and opposition figure Mir Hossein Mousavi and his wife have contracted COVID-19 while under house arrest, a pro-reform website reported on Sunday, as the country records a worrying uptick in new coronavirus cases. Mousavi, 79, and activist Zahra Rahnavard “were examined by a doctor at their home … and their general state of health is good,” …

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