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University of Toronto scientists estimate the number of COVID-19 cases in Iran to be around 18,300, far higher than currently being reported by Iranian authorities

University of Toronto scientists estimate the number of COVID-19 cases in Iran to be around 18,300, far higher than currently being reported by Iranian authorities

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  1. “On Monday, the head of the Iranian government task force on the coronavirus appeared on television to insist the situation in the country was stable, while he repeatedly coughed and wiped his brow. On Tuesday, the official announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus himself.”

    Wow.

  2. Most news from Iran seem to suggest early cases happened some time in mid-january but the officials refused to announce it. Unfortunately this resulted in Iran spreading the virus to neighboring countries through religious site visitors.

  3. You can’t really expect the country that lied about bombing 200 people out of the sky to say the truth about how many coronavirus cases they have

  4. Here’s the link to the original *non-peer-reviewed* research article:

    [https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.02.24.20027375v1](https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.02.24.20027375v1)

  5. Researchers using complex stats and extrapolations should round, in this case to nearest thousand.

    Adding that extra 300 gives the impression of precision what is just an estimation.

    Around 18,000.

  6. looks like the iranian gov is pullin a china.

  7. So is Who gonna say iran doing a fantastic job containing it next?

  8. Maybe something about oppressive regimes and failure to do the responsible thing when faced with a crisis.

  9. Expect this to repeat in every single third world country.

    Nothing nothing hear nothing. Silence.

    BLAM!!! 100,000 people.

    Because they didn’t block it. They didn’t track it. They didn’t report it. They can’t test for it. They can’t treat it.

  10. I mean just compare iran deaths to south korea and factor in iran aint doing anything about it.

  11. I’m working in the Gulf and the situation is terrifying. My country had some cases reported a couple days ago brought over by people who were visiting Iran. The government then announced they were stopping flights from Iran.

    A friend went into work yesterday and her co-worker announced to the staff how lucky he was because he made it back on the last flight from Iran before they were cancelled!!! And he came to work!!!! She freaked out and told the management and he got sent home but apparently he was really salty about it and was specifically mad at her for ratting on him… No idea how long they’ll make him stay home, but guessing it won’t be long enough. A lot of people I’ve spoken to think that the heat here will kill it.

  12. Iran officials are just like Wuhan officials

  13. Good thing is that most of dictatorship country leaders are old fucks who are more likely to die from corona.

  14. Lol. We are gonna be ssssooooooo embarrassed when we realize we could have totally not all died. Lol. Yolo hashtag bye world!

    But at least history will know. Those in power didn’t give it up till the very end. Not once admitting this thing could be serious. Yay human.

  15. Iran did not shot that plane down, they are not training, financing and providing weapons to Hezbollah or Hamas, and the virus is under control.

    Now move on!

  16. How would the Iranian authorities know the exact number of coronavirus infect persons? How does any country know the real amount? Do you guys really think the number of infected in the US is only 57? give me a break.

    buT iRaN is A ThEoCrAcY anD TheY lIE! DAE plAnE?

    Also you people don’t seem to understand Iran cannot import COVID-19 testing kits thanks to Agent Orange re-imposing sanctions and breaking the nuclear deal because Fuck Obama.

  17. So what? It’s like the flu but not as bad

  18. The population of Iran is 81 million. So now 0.00022 of the population have the virus. What’s the problem?

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