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Information changes rapidly and news reports can be unreliable. We appreciate participation during this pandemic, but some replies can be removed if inaccurate. This thread is ONLY for breaking news.

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On 2/28/2020 at 10:32 AM, Gaius I. Caesar said:

You are a textbook example of an anti-vaxxer. Also, I will personally never forgive you if I ever find out somebody lost a child because they listened to you.

Willful ignorance deserves a harsh response. 

why would anyone listen to me in the first place? I am just a random guy behind a computer. No one should listen to anyone who hides behind the computer screen.

All I suggest is that the parents do their own due diligence before deciding what to do with their children, and not just listen to the doctors who are pro vaccine.

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1 minute ago, 3wliya_maryam said:

The coronavirus has reached to Western Australia, with two confirmed cases in Perth.

May Allah protect us from this deadly virus.

May Allah protect everyone from the forced vaccination that soon will take place.

Coronavirus is just a start.

 

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Deaths in Iran from coronavirus have hit 43, the highest number outside China, and the total number of infected people has risen to 593, an Iranian health official said on Saturday (Feb 29).

Saudi Arabia is now the only Gulf Arab state not to have reported any cases of the coronavirus, which has infected about 80,000 people and killed more than 2,800, mostly in China.

https://www.straitstimes.com/world/middle-east/Iran-calls-on-people-to-stay-at-home-as-death-toll-rises-to-43?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=sttw&utm_medium=social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1582987056

This is because Saudi is under International sanctions whereas Iran has hundreds of flights everyday from all sorts of countries and because Iran has a massive population of migrant workers all practising the best hygiene and having no links with China.

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I can tell you the situation has gotten much out of hand. Unfortunately the authorities took the virus way too lightly in the initial days, almost making a mockery out of it and saying that the enemies are simply using it as a propaganda to demotivate people to come out to vote. This stupid conspiracy-theory mindset will be the death of theirs and they will have only themselves to blame. The voter turn out would have been low regardless, since it was a very one-sided election, after most of the reformist candidates were vetted out (even the son of Martyred Mutahhari, Ali Mutahhari was considered ineligible for not following the "rules of Islam" - read: not agreeing with everything the Wali Faqih says).

Due to lack of seriousness in tackling the issue during the initial days, not quarantining the city (until now it is not quarantined and just today they have announced we will start quarantining people in public who we find to be suspicious), not telling people how serious this is, instead filling the social media with conspiracy theories about it being a bio-weapon to isolate Iran, or some very influential figures encouraging people to continue coming to the shrine as it is the place of cure, despite repeated warnings by that time by the health experts on not going to such places (one of the conspiracy theorist himself died of the virus today), it was only a matter of time that the virus would spread to more than 20 provinces of Iran. Tehran is seeing 50+ confirmed cases of infected patients since the last few days. Just today's state figures of confirmed infected people is as follows:

تهران ۵۱ نفر
قم ۲۱ نفر
گیلان ۱۷ نفر
گلستان ۲۵ نفر
اصفهان ۱۲ نفر
مرکزی ۱۸ نفر
مازندران ۱۲ نفر

خراسان جنوبی ۱ نفر
ایلام ۱ نفر
فارس ۸ نفر
آذرباییجان شرقی ۶ نفر
اردبیل ۳ نفر
البرز ۸ نفر
سمنان ۴ نفر
کردستان ۵ نفر

قزوین ۴۶ نفر 
خوزستان ۴ نفر
سیستان و بلوچستان ۱ نفر 
یزد ۴ نفر

On top of that, this seems to be the only country to date whose numerous politicians and popular figures are being infected. From numerous local MPs who are hospitalized at the moment (one even died today), all the way to the vice president, to the top health minister etc. once again showing the carelessness by which this was initially being dealt with. The nephew and sister of Ayatullah Zanjani, Dr.. Jamal Khaliliyan a popular expert on Islamic economics, a renowned scholar Syed Hadi Khusro-Shahi, etc. have all passed away due to this virus.

Their initial carelessness has single-handedly allowed it to be spread not just to rest of Iran, but also to essentially every country in the region - even Qatar whose flights are still operating but with lower frequencies.

What is worse are the segment of delusional scholars who continue to think the shrine is some immune safe place where disease cannot transfer and insist for the shrine to remain open. The shrine is still open and accessible to public and people have been going there (of course it is not that busy), there were even groups commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hadi in large groups - utter carelessness! Until now, only one shrine has been officially shut (that was today, shrine of Shah-Cheragh in Shiraz), and in fact these scholars were even ready to host the Friday prayer in Qom despite the huge risk of transmission, it was only after the intervention of a superior body that the Friday prayer was cancelled. A huge segment of people of course will also listen and believe these scholars, because all they have ever heard from years of stupidity being preached from the pulpits is exactly this - that these places will save you, these places are safe-havens, nothing can happen here, the people buried there are God-like creatures etc. The irony is that the lady buried in Qom herself died of an illness in the very same city. So now you have a bunch of idiots going to the shrine in Qom and Mashhad, making videos of themselves licking the shrine just to show they will not get coronavirus! What a joke the teachings of this religion have become.

Yesterday the health minister in the press conference said it will get worse this week and we should all brace for it. I pray Iran can get out of this quick, but I reckon it will take at least a month or two to really control this.

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2 hours ago, Guest Locked in Qom said:

I can tell you the situation has gotten much out of hand. Unfortunately the authorities took the virus way too lightly in the initial days, almost making a mockery out of it and saying that the enemies are simply using it as a propaganda to demotivate people to come out to vote. This stupid conspiracy-theory mindset will be the death of theirs and they will have only themselves to blame.

Decently said.

Not only "the authorities took the virus too lightly in the initial days", but they really didn't know how to respond, evacuating hundreds of likely infected people out of a hot xone and all. Then there is also the bumbling bureaucrats of Japan and the Diamond Princess. This reminded me of how authorities in France reacted in France during the Medieval plagues: locking up whole populations in compounds after which people died from eveything even if they would have survived the plague as some people did in England.

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1 hour ago, Ashvazdanghe said:

Is Coronavirus a divine punishment? 

https://youtu.be/RLPhEQSCbME

Sayed described this as a "wake-up call".

Allah -(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). reveals He -(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). always warning.

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On 2/29/2020 at 9:14 AM, Haji 2003 said:

https://www.straitstimes.com/world/middle-east/Iran-calls-on-people-to-stay-at-home-as-death-toll-rises-to-43?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=sttw&utm_medium=social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1582987056

This is because Saudi is under International sanctions whereas Iran has hundreds of flights everyday from all sorts of countries and because Iran has a massive population of migrant workers all practising the best hygiene and having no links with China.

Saudi Arabia actually got cases from foreigners at the airport when the virus first began, and they quickly moved to end flights to China, and then anyone who has been to China, and then countries who have been affected like Japan and South Korea.

They have recently announced that Umrah and ziyarah of Masjid Al-Nabawi is closed.

If I were to guess, it came to Iran from a Chinese worker in Iran. The fact is Iran should have ended travel to China quickly, and tested anyone who had been to China in the past 14 days, which is the step many countries took.

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On 2/29/2020 at 9:33 AM, Guest Locked in Qom said:

Their initial carelessness has single-handedly allowed it to be spread not just to rest of Iran, but also to essentially every country in the region - even Qatar whose flights are still operating but with lower frequencies.

I don't know about the rest of your post. But the above seems to be very questionable and indeed is one of the biggest pieces of evidence that there is a conspiracy.

The reason is as follows.

We are led to believe that the relatively tiny number of Iranian/Chinese visitors caused the spread to the Middle East, whereas Qatar Airlines which has been flying thousands of passengers between the Middle East and Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau and Shanghai was not the cause of any transmission.

That's ridiculous.

Then add a similar list of Chinese destinations for Emirates

Then add another list of Chinese destinations for Etihad.

Of the major Gulf airlines only Gulf Air seems not to have had regular flights to China.

And remember all the passengers who are getting off the flights from China are then going all over the world - many to destinations in the Middle East. More than that they are hanging around the terminals in Dubai etc., touching things and passengers going everywhere else are touching these things and there's no transmission?

Yet in east Asia you see public areas regularly being hosed down with bleach.

And yet Iran is the vector?

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23:50GMT/18:50EST, Sat29February20

2,977 Deaths

86,602 Confirmed Cases

42,137 Recoveries

41,488 Currently lnfected  of which 7,868 are Serious or Critical

Luxemburg, lreIand, Qatar, Ecuador have their 1st cases.

.U.S. has its first death Kirkland (Seattle) Washington

RoK has ordered its 51million citizens to stay at home.

1 new case in Canada -a man in his 80s with a travel history to Egypt

News: RoK and ltaIy are hit the hardest -so far- outside of China.

Al-Arabiya quoting BBC-Persian that "2l0" people have died and posts a video of a clinic being torched in Bandar Abbas:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2020/02/29/Watch-Clinic-in-Iran-set-on-fire-believed-to-be-coronavirus-quarantine-.html 

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7 hours ago, Haji 2003 said:

I don't know about the rest of your post. But the above seems to be very questionable and indeed is one of the biggest pieces of evidence that there is a conspiracy.

The reason is as follows.

We are led to believe that the relatively tiny number of Iranian/Chinese visitors caused the spread to the Middle East, whereas Qatar Airlines which has been flying thousands of passengers between the Middle East and Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau and Shanghai was not the cause of any transmission.

Salam he/ She is a wahabi person because nobody called the shrines as immune places even all marjas advised people specially people of Qom to follow safety instructions in shrine & mosques like Jamkaran also he/she doesn't know name of lady Masouma (sa) shrine  that only insults her by saying that she died from ilness like wahabi story about martyrdom of Lady Fatima (sa) 

10 hours ago, hasanhh said:

Decently said.

Not only "the authorities took the virus too lightly in the initial days", but they really didn't know how to respond, evacuating hundreds of likely infected people out of a hot xone and all. Then there is also the bumbling bureaucrats of Japan and the Diamond Princess. This reminded me of how authorities in France reacted in France during the Medieval plagues: locking up whole populations in compounds after which people died from eveything even if they would have survived the plague as some people did in England.

he/She just collected some anti IRI propaganda about bad management of corona outbreak that mixed it with some public facts that is available in every site.

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4 hours ago, hasanhh said:

Al-Arabiya quoting BBC-Persian that "2l0" people have died and posts a video of a clinic being torched in Bandar Abbas:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2020/02/29/Watch-Clinic-in-Iran-set-on-fire-believed-to-be-coronavirus-quarantine-.html 

a liar site refers to lies of other anti IRI site just based on rumors against Iran.

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7 hours ago, Haji 2003 said:

I don't know about the rest of your post. But the above seems to be very questionable and indeed is one of the biggest pieces of evidence that there is a conspiracy.

The reason is as follows.

We are led to believe that the relatively tiny number of Iranian/Chinese visitors caused the spread to the Middle East, whereas Qatar Airlines which has been flying thousands of passengers between the Middle East and Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau and Shanghai was not the cause of any transmission.

That's ridiculous.

Qatar actually cancelled its flights to mainland China around the same time many other airlines did, so I don't know where you are getting the above information from. As for it being spread by Chinese workers in Iran on the outskirts of Qom, this is something state officials themselves were hinting at.

7 hours ago, Haji 2003 said:

Then add a similar list of Chinese destinations for Emirates

Than add another list of Chinese destinations for Etihad.

UAE cancelled all flights to and from China back in early February (except one flight to Beijing). Once again this is around the same time most other countries and/or airlines started taking their precautions.

7 hours ago, Haji 2003 said:

Of the major Gulf airlines only Gulf Air seems not to have had regular flights to China.

And remember all the passengers who are getting off the flights from China are then going all over the world - many to destinations in the Middle East. More than that they are hanging around the terminals in Dubai etc., touching things and passengers going everywhere else are touching these things and there's no transmission?

Yet in east Asia you see public areas regularly being hosed down with bleach.

And yet Iran is the vector?

Well it isn't the case that no Chinese (or those who were visiting China) was able to spread it outside of China, in fact the virus did manage to get its way to different parts of the world as early as mid-January and also early February (despite many of these countries taking earlier stages of precaution). Countries like USA, Australia, Canada etc. had confirmed cases almost a month before Iran's outbreak. Iran didn't report confirmed cases/deaths until February 19th. It was only a matter of time Iran would have gotten a case of the virus, even precaution may not have been a fail-proof approach, but my issues are not with that, rather with their handling of the situation afterwards.

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Imam Khamenei hails Iran’s health minister, medical staff for battling coronavirus

Imam Khamenei hails Iran’s health minister, medical staff for battling coronavirus  

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Ayatollah Khamenei lauded “invaluable” efforts being made by Iran’s Health Minister Saeed Namaki and the country’s entire health sector in the fight against a coronavirus outbreak.

He delivered a message to the country’s medical staff on Thursday at a meeting with Alireza Marandi, the president of the Academy of Medical Sciences of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Leader expressed his “heartfelt thanks” to the Iranian health minister and his colleagues as well as the country’s entire medical personnel, including doctors and nurses, for their hard work to contain COVID-19, as the novel coronavirus is called.

“Your work is invaluable. It both enhances the value of the medical and nursing community in the society — something which has already come about — and, more importantly, it will bring you divine reward,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

He further wished the country’s healthcare system success in the fight against the epidemic, expressing hope that the “difficult and momentous task” will not become prolonged, and that the “malicious virus will be uprooted as soon as possible.”

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Spokesman of the Iranian Health Ministry Kianoush Jahanpour said on Thursday announced that the number of coronavirus infected people has increased to 245, adding that 26 patients have died so far.

He had said on Tuesday that over 700,000 sanitation packs, including equipment to prevent coronavirus-infection have been transferred to Qom province, the first place where the COVID 19-infection was diagnosed, and are being distributed among people.

As a preventive measure, Iranian authorities have ordered a week-long closure of educational and cultural institutions across over 10 provinces as of Thursday.

These provinces include Qom, Markazi, Gilan, Ardabil, Kermanshah, Qazvin, Zanjan, Mazandaran, Golestan, Hamadan, Alborz, Semnan, Kordestan and the capital, Tehran.

Spokesman for Tehran's Department of Education Masoud Saqafi said the decision was made to "prepare schools" which have to be disinfected and sanitized.

Tehran’s Mayor Pirouz Hanachi said Sunday that all the city’s public places, including the metro trains and buses, are being disinfected every night as part of attempts to contain the spread of the virus.

Head of Food and Drug Administration Mohammed Reza Shanehsaz also said that pharmacies will no longer be allowed to sell protective masks and that masks will be distributed among the population via government-run centers free of charge, with the priority given to virus-hit provinces.

Iran's Minister of Science, Research, and Technology Mansour Qolami called on all university deans to make every effort to maintain a calm atmosphere and adopt effective measures to prevent the virus from spreading.
 

https://en.abna24.com/news//Imam-Khamenei-hails-Iran’s-health-minister-medical-staff-for-battling-coronavirus_1013643.html

Pres. Rouhani: coronavirus mustn’t become a weapon for enemies to halt work, production

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Reports given by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education at the session of the National Headquarters for Fighting Coronavirus last night were promising.

Today, I received a report that the kits we were importing from overseas through the World Health Organisation (WHO) - which we will continue to follow - are also being produced and tested by our domestic specialists.

Of course, what is being done is round-the-clock, accurate and scientific work. Overall, we see a decline in referrals to hospital and progress in treatment. This means that if 100 people were hospitalised in the early days, 7-8 people might have been passed away, but today, this is much less.

We are living in the same society and we are a family.

https://en.abna24.com/news//pres-rouhani-coronavirus-mustn’t-become-a-weapon-for-enemies-to-halt-work-production_1013443.html

In telephone conversation with Qatari Emir;

Pres. Rouhani calls on world nations to join hand to counter coronavirus

https://en.abna24.com/news//pres-rouhani-calls-on-world-nations-to-join-hand-to-counter-coronavirus_1013936.html

Edited by Ashvazdanghe

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Our health experts in USA are telling us ordinary citizens not to wear masks unless we are sick. If we're sick, they will prevent us from spreading germs by coughing and sneezing on healthy people. But they won't protect us from getting the germs. Handwashing for 30 seconds and not touching our faces is best protection for us if we are well. Also, disinfecting surfaces we touch is helpful. If we're sick with fever, cough, and shortness of breath, we should stay home for 14 days. Peace and blessings!

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Video: BBC and new attempts for "Iranophobia" with Corona trick

https://en.abna24.com/news//video-bbc-and-new-attempts-for-iranophobia-with-corona-trick_1013684.html

February 27, 2020 - 7:40 PM News Code : 1013684 Source : ABNALink:   

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA): BBC attempts for "new Iranophobia" with negative news over Coronavirus while the new coronavirus (Covid-19) has spread to many countries around the world. Why doesn't the British media speak about the recovery of corona patients in Iran? What is the purpose of scaring people and creating anxiety in Iran's society? In addition to creating psychological insecurity in Iran, is the BBC looking for a new Iranophobia to frighten people of the region and the world too while the World Health Organization calls Iran as a model for fighting coronavirus?

https://en.abna24.com/news//video-bbc-and-new-attempts-for-iranophobia-with-corona-trick_1013684.html

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Ayatollah Vahid Khorasani appreciates to country’s medical staff in fight against Coronavirus

Ayatollah Vahid Khorasani appreciates to country’s medical staff in fight against Coronavirus

The revered source of emulation offered his appreciation over the efforts of doctors and nurses to deal with the Coronavirus and said, “The work of the medical staff is very important at this time and their reward is great.”

During a phone call with Dr... Adeli, the head of the Qom University of Medical Sciences and deputy director of the Qom University of Medical Sciences, Grand Ayatollah Hussain Vahid Khorasani said that he was following the medical conditions in Qom province and said, “Convey my greetings to all the doctors, nurses and medical staff around the country. Your work is very important at this time and your reward is great.”

The revered source of emulation added, “In a hadith from the Prophet Muhammad said, “God Almighty is with the broken hearted” and the hearts of the ill are broken their supplications are answered by Him.”

 

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On 2/29/2020 at 11:10 PM, Guest Locked in Qom said:

Qatar actually cancelled its flights to mainland China around the same time many other airlines did, so I don't know where you are getting the above information from.

The first reported case was on 1st December 2019. The flights were banned in February. So that gives a 2 month window for these airlines to ferry around tens of thousands of passengers.

In addition there are many other countries with far greater numbers of Chinese visitors e.g. Vietnam and Thailand and in the west countries such as France and Italy.

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14 hours ago, hasanhh said:

Decently said.

Not only "the authorities took the virus too lightly in the initial days", but they really didn't know how to respond, evacuating hundreds of likely infected people out of a hot xone and all. Then there is also the bumbling bureaucrats of Japan and the Diamond Princess. This reminded me of how authorities in France reacted in France during the Medieval plagues: locking up whole populations in compounds after which people died from eveything even if they would have survived the plague as some people did in England.

 

4 hours ago, Ashvazdanghe said:

...he/She just collected some anti IRI propaganda about bad management of corona outbreak that mixed it with some public facts that is available in every site.

Sorry Bro., l didn't make myself clear.

"Guest . . . Qom" was writing about Qom and lRl while l continued his theme by commenting on what other countries did --the Diamond Princess fiasco, evacuating people out of a hot zone into short term quarantines, and other shortcomings. l wasn't refering to lRl.

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@Ashvazdanghe

Salam,

l Iooked up Bandar Abbas again as the following link mentioned the fire bombing. The video shows only a few men, but the article says there were 10 patients inside when it was fire bombed. l check Fars(quoted by article), Tehran Times and such but no lRl reporting that l found.

In any case, Ayat al-Birr should be remembered and repeated allowed. "sabirina"ff. 

https://www.ibtimes.sg/wuhan-virus-Iran-angry-iranians-torch-corona-hospital-bandar-Abbas-after-report-claimed-200-40233

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Tweet states: A report from a nurse from the hospital: Iran authorities are lying Just in 4 hours, we have 4 dead persons due to #CoronaVirus!

https://twitter.com/MostafaMe4/status/1234064632526012421

 

Video showing a young man collapsed with a mask on in Mashad
https://twitter.com/IranMomentum/status/1234065664022863872

Another collapse video

https://twitter.com/RojHat09/status/1232971263880110081

Yet another
https://twitter.com/Laaask2/status/1234060842305380354

many more of these collapse videos can be found on twitter.


25 year old Nurse died from Corona in Iran
https://twitter.com/IranMomentum/status/1233390558707666944
 


Video of fire at the Towhid Clinic where reports state ten coronavirus patients are held.

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23iran%20%23coronavirus&src=typeahead_click

 

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6 hours ago, Guest Locked in Qom said:

Qatar actually cancelled its flights to mainland China around the same time many other airlines did

in fact, both Qatar and UAE stopped their flights from China after Iran.

Iran stopped direct flights to/from China on 1st Feb. 2020
https://www.asriran.com/fa/news/711669/جزئیات-توقف-پروازهای-ایران-به-چین

Qatar stopped the flights on 3rd of Feb. 2020

https://www.arabianaerospace.aero/qatar-airways-suspends-flights-to-china-due-to-significant-operational-challenges.html

 

UEA stopped the Chinese flights (except to/from Beijing which continues to this day) on 3rd Feb. 2020

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2020-02-03/uae-to-suspend-flights-with-china-excluding-beijing-wam

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Iranian government lying:

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Iran has said its death toll from coronavirus has now reached 54 and the number of infected cases has reached 978 people. It comes just days after the ministry categorically denied reports that 50 people had died from the disease.

 

French government not lying:

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(Sunday) The health authorities in France have announced the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country has jumped to 100 as the government took measures to limit the spread of the virus. The number of contaminations has leapt in France from 38 on Friday. 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/mar/01/coronavirus-latest-updates-coronavirus-live-updates-latest-news-china-wuhan-stock-markets-update-china-Iran-us-Australia-south-korea-japan?page=with:block-5e5b97688f0811db2fb01666#block-5e5b97688f0811db2fb01666

 

Similar levels of increases but only in one instance is it put down to a government trying to hide things.

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4 hours ago, mesbah said:

in fact, both Qatar and UAE stopped their flights from China after Iran.

You are missing the point. I don't care who cancelled their flights when - that was my response to Haji who was making it sound like other neighboring countries didn't do anything. I am talking about the handling of the situation by Iran once it was confirmed that the virus had infected a number of people and had taken the lives of two. The next two days were followed by belittling of the virus, and a strong encouragement to attend the elections (which most definitely led to further spread of the virus) instead of resorting to a contingency plan, and until today not bothering to shut down the shrines in Qom and Mashhad or even Tehran - perhaps the most high-risk locations where transfer of disease can occur. 

As for conspiracy theories and whether these are bio-weapons, these things need to be proven. It isn't as if diseases and plagues have never hit or been transferred over to human societies via animals before, including Muslim and specifically Shia communities. See for example Nematullah Jazai'iri's work: مسكن الشجون في حكم الفرار من الطاعون [https://ketabpedia.com/تحميل/مسكن-الشجون-في-حكم-الفرار-من-الطاعونسي/] where descriptions of an outbreak from the year 1102 Hijri are described in detail.

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8 hours ago, mesbah said:

in fact, both Qatar and UAE stopped their flights from China after Iran.

Iran stopped direct flights to/from China on 1st Feb. 2020
https://www.asriran.com/fa/news/711669/جزئیات-توقف-پروازهای-ایران-به-چین

1) Mahan Air did not stop flights on Feb 1. This is according to air traffic data.

2) I don't get what your point is. What is your explaination for why Iran is officially the most affected country in the region, and why people who have visited Iran have tested positive even as far as Canada and Australia? What happened?

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This is what makes no sense:

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Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam - Amid the rapid spread of the coronavirus outbreak around the world, Vietnam has announced that all 16 infected patients in the country were discharged from hospital and declared cured.

As of Wednesday, all 16 patients, including the oldest who is 73, had been cured and discharged from the hospital.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/infected-patients-vietnam-cured-coronavirus-miracle-200228035007608.html

And yet Vietnam airlines flies to a very wide range of Chinese cities:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Vietnam_Airlines_destinations

You'd expect the number of infections there to be much higher.

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1 hour ago, Sumerian said:

what your point is

nothing special. it is good that other countries in the region, with their busy air traffic and massive, sanction-free exchanges in business, academic, etc, did not have outbreaks like Iran. good for them. 

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6 hours ago, Guest Locked in Qom said:

(which most definitely led to further spread of the virus) instead of resorting to a contingency plan

Iran had a plan even before the confirmation. they (officials) had said in state TV from the first days of outbreak in China, that the virus would certainly show up in Iran sooner or later.

Italians did not cancel their orange festival after multiple confirmed cases days before the festival and you expect Iran to cancel election due to two confirmed cases a day before election? medical instructions were made and steps were taken, like using stamp was lifted.
 

6 hours ago, Guest Locked in Qom said:

belittling

how do you know they had belittled in the administration? in media, yes, obviously they might have tried to reduce people's panic (cuase it makes greater losses in the long run, that's why even in US and at the level of media, officials"belittled" it.)

6 hours ago, Guest Locked in Qom said:

shut down the shrines in Qom and Mashhad or even Tehran

Shut down Tehran?! what about killing themselves before corona kills 3% of them (mostly older than 80)?
and the Shrines are semi-shut down, you can't sit, there's no gathering, only walking, pretty much like a shopping mall (that are not shut down either)

 

6 hours ago, Guest Locked in Qom said:

As for conspiracy theories

you're fighting with shadows. there are stupid people wherever you go. officials and those who make decisions did not make conspiracy theories statements. maybe even among famous people some had some tendency in those theories, but not among those who were decision makers in this story.

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