Iranians wear face masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus as they walk along a street in the capital Tehran, on July 3, 2021. (Getty)

July 30, 2021

A group of medical professors at Mashhad medical university in a letter have warned officials in northeastern Khorasan-Razavi province that the city of Mashhad needs a total lockdown to prevent a Covid catastrophe.

“We have been warning for some time that if the city is not fully closed down, a disaster is on the way,” they wrote on Thursday and added, “How can we explain that all hospital beds are nearly full, and soon we will not be able to accept the huge flood of patients?”

The senior medical doctors say that health workers are tired and ask why the authorities put the pressure on hospital care as “the last link” in “the broken chain of managing” the crisis.

Iran was the second country after China when in February 2020 the Covid epidemic began. Its response has been haphazard, with ineffective and poorly enforced lockdowns and a failed vaccination effort.

So far, more than 90 thousand people have died, according to official figures that are disputed by many health officials and the media who say the number is at least twice as much.

Amid the fifth wave of the pandemic, Iran received almost two million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines donated by Japan on Friday. This was the second shipment of vaccines. In January, Iran’s Supreme Leader banned American and British vaccines, which contributed to the deepening health emergency.

Iran International

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