The number of deaths from coronavirus in Iran is nearly triple what Iran's government claims, a BBC Persian service investigation has found.

The government's own records appear to show almost 42,000 people died with Covid-19 symptoms up to 20 July, versus 14,405 reported by its health ministry.

The number of people known to be infected is also almost double official figures: 451,024 as opposed to 278,827.

The official numbers still make Iran the worst-hit in the Middle East.

In recent weeks, it has suffered a second steep rise in the number of cases.

The first death in Iran from Covid-19 was recorded on 22 January, according to lists and medical records that have been passed to the BBC. This was almost a month before the first official case of coronavirus was reported there

Daily number of deaths from Covid-19 in Iran

Official figures vs uncovered data, 22 January to 20 July 2020


.- 3/8/2020


The Turkmenistani government, which insists that the country has not had a single case of coronavirus, recommended yesterday that residents wear masks because of the dangers of “dust”.

It also requested that people maintain a social distance of at least one metre, without explaining why. The announcement came after a World Health Organisation delegation arrived last week for a ten-day mission examining the country’s response to the pandemic. The tightly controlled oil-rich former Soviet state is one of the few countries yet to declare any coronavirus cases.

In a statement from the state information agency yesterday, the health ministry said that people should wear masks because of “high concentrations of dust” in the air.- 14/7/2020


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