· Hamid Souri, member of the National Coronavirus Combat Taskforce (NCCT): In the recent higher education Entrance Exam, only one infected student, has infected 17 family members and relatives, after returning from the exam. We must wait for an epidemic to spread again, which will be very, very bitter. (State TV, August 19)
· Minoo Mohraz, member of NCCT: “We proposed to postpone the entrance exam until the weather would be better, and it could be held outdoors. But the Health Ministry was forced to write a protocol. Who wants to implement it? The entrance exam is a gathering, and I, as an expert, say it should not be held indoors.” (Hamshahri daily, August 19)
· Ahmad Naderi, a regime parliament deputy: At a time when the Coronavirus death rate was over 200 daily, the municipality did not cancel the traffic plan. (E’temad online, August 20)
· Lenjan Governor: Officially, over 30 Coronavirus patients are identified, and an average of three die daily in Lenjan. (Fars news agency, August 21)
· A spokesperson for the Health Ministry: 114 cities across the country are red, and 133 cities are in a state of alert. (IRNA, August 21)
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Friday, August 21, 2020, that the Coronavirus death toll in 394 cities across Iran had passed 92,300. The number of victims in Khorasan Razavi is 6,576, Khuzestan 6,289, Qom 4,470, Isfahan 4,091, Lorestan 3,817, Sistan and Baluchestan 2,946, East Azerbaijan 2,723, Alborz 2,715, Fars 2,603, Hamedan 2,373, Kermanshah 2,207, Kurdistan 1,859, Hormozgan 1,214, Yazd 1,104, Ardabil 1,085, Ilam 760, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari 612, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad 530, and South Khorasan 484.
In Tehran, Alireza Zali, head of NCCT, in Tehran told ISNA today, “Continuous fatigue, exhaustive processes and changes in the motivations of the medical community, due to the exhaustive and prolonged pandemic, have changed the status of the medical community compared to the past. We must be careful that the fatigue caused by the erosion of this disease does not go beyond this, because coinciding with seasonal illnesses, added to people’s tendency to be indoors, and development of respiratory symptoms and allergies in this season, besides the arrival of the new H1N1 wave is very worrying. If the situation continues in the same way, the medical community will be under direct pressure in the fall.”
August 21, 2020