Shocking leaked footage published by the BBC shows bodies piling up at a local morgue in Qom, said to be victims of the country’s spiralling coronavirus outbreak. Located 140km to the south of Tehran, Qom is believed ground zero for Iran’s epidemic, and crucially is a popular place of Shia religious pilgrimage.
Horrific thread of BBC obtained Videos from #Iran shows bagged bodies in Qom from moment of death till burial.
If these are confirmed to be from Corona as videos claim, death toll is higher than Gov. claims (77): pic.twitter.com/vxmTren3Lt
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) March 3, 2020
As of Tuesday, Iranian health officials announced 2,336 coronavirus cases and 77 dead, including 23 parliament members confirmed for the virus, which is roughly 10% of Iran’s legislature.
All of this strongly suggests much bigger numbers of infected nationwide, after multiple reports alleged the Islamic Republic is hiding its true numbers, or at least refusing to test.
Further leaked video published in the series Tuesday by BBC Persian shows health workers in full Hazmat gear burying victims believed infected by Covid-19.
Among the new series of leaked videos includes footage that appears to show preparations for mass graves as the crisis rapidly worsens in the Islamic Republic.
— BBC NEWS فارسی (@bbcpersian) March 3, 2020
The series of clips published by BBC Persian Tuesday is not the first such to come out of Iran but underscores the widespread allegation that authorities are greatly downplaying the true death toll and infected count.