Data leak reveals Iran’s cover-up of COVID-19 deaths

Tehran: A statistics leak has disclosed that the amount of COVID-19 demises in Iran is nearly threefold than what the govt says, a BBC inquiry has identified.

The statistics, that has been sent to the BBC by an anonymous source, has information of daily admissions to hospitals across Iran, involving names, age, gender, signs, date & length of periods spent in hospital (3), & underlying circumstances sufferers may have.

The 1st demise in Iran from COVID-19 has been reported on Jan 22, almost a mo before the 1st officer complaint of COVID-19 has been recorded within the nation, as per the statistics.

The leaked info disclosed that the govt’s own reports appear to show almost 42,000 citizens passed away with COVID-19 signs as many as Jul 20, versus 14,405 recorded by its Health Ministry.

The amount of citizens well-known to be contaminated is also almost double officer figures: 451,024 as resisted to 278,827.

Tehran, the capital, has the largest no. of fatalities in 8,120, awhile the city of Qom, the initial epicentre of the infection in Iran, is worst hit proportionally, with 1,419 demises – that is 1 demise with COVID-19 for each 1,000 citizens.

However the Health Ministry has stated that the nation’s records to the Globe Health Company about the amount of COVID-19 instances & demises are “transparent” & “far from any deviations”.

About the leak, the source informed the BBC that it has been to “shed light on fact” & to end “political games” over the epidemic.

Doctors with direct knowledge of the issue also informed the BBC that the Iranian Health Ministry was under stress from security & intelligence bodies inside the nation.

1 of them stated that the ministry “has been in denial”.

“Originally they didn’t have checking kits & when they got (1) them, they weren’t utilized popularly sufficient. The position of the security solutions wasn’t to confess to the existence of COVID-19 in Iran”


The begin of outburst coincided both with the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution & with parliamentary elections.