Body bags seen piling up in coronavirus-hit hospital in Iran as death toll soars
Shocking video emerged of lines of body bags filled with people allegedly killed by coronavirus are left on the floor in an Iranian hospital as the outbreak devastates the country.
Iran's health ministry confirmed another 15 people had died from coronavirus today, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 92 with a total of 2,922 confirmed cases.
Footage has now surfaced from inside a hospital in the city of Qom where coronavirus, officially named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization, was first detected.
The video, which has been viewed more than 836,000 times online, shows body bags lining the floors of the hospital.
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The man recording walks through several rooms of the facility as more and more body bags appear on gurneys, with local media reporting the deceased are believed to be victims of COVID-19.
There has been no official response to the video and it is unclear why the bodies have not been buried, but at least one local journalist claims it is because there is no space for them.
As the man recording walks through several rooms of the facility as more and more body bags appear on gurneys, with local media reporting the deceased are believed to be victims of COVID-19.
The video comes after Iranians were filmed licking the walls and bars of holy shrines in the cities of Qom and Mashhad in the face of the outbreak, with the Iranian authorities reportedly arresting two men for doing so.
The head of the World Health Organisation’s emergencies program, Mike Ryan, said on Feb. 27 that Iran may be dealing with an outbreak that is worse than yet understood.
Authorities announced Iran’s first infections and two deaths from the virus on February 19 Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, have repeatedly dismissed concerns raised by many Iranians over the handling of the outbreak, saying all the necessary measures to overcome the crisis have been taken.
The Health Ministry has ordered hospitals to admit only infected people and those patients who need immediate care.
Dozens of military-run hospitals have been allocated to treat the infected.
- World Health Organisation
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