BBC Publishes Leaked Videos from Iran Showing Bagged Bodies Piling Up in Morgue; Death Toll May Be Higher Than Reported
BBC Persian has obtained several videos recorded inside of a morgue in Qom, Iran, the holy city where the coronavirus is believed to have originated in the country. The Iranian government has reported 77 deaths from the coronavirus so far. But if all or most of the bodies currently inside the morgue are those of coronavirus victims, the real number is significantly higher.
The first video was posted by Middle East correspondent and George Washington University professor Joyce Karam.
One of the replies to Karam’s post contains the same video, but with English subtitles.
Horrific thread of BBC obtained Videos from #Iran shows bagged bodies in Qom from moment of death till burial.— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) March 3, 2020
If these are confirmed to be from Corona as videos claim, death toll is higher than Gov. claims (77): pic.twitter.com/vxmTren3Lt
The BBC Persian videos were first published by Zerohedge’s Tyler Durden this afternoon.
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.
قبرستان بهشت معصومه قم؛ ردیفی از قبرهای جدید دیده میشود که ادعا شده مربوط به جانباختگان کرونا در قم است.— BBC NEWS فارسی (@bbcpersian) March 3, 2020
آمار رسمی شیوع کرونا در ایران در تاریخ ۱۳ اسفند، ۷۷ مرگ و ۲ هزار و ۳۳۶ مورد ابتلا اعلام شده است اما برخی منابع بیمارستانی به بیبیسی تعدادی بسیار بالاتر را اعلام کردهاند pic.twitter.com/cxu397q4Uk
Earlier today, London based Iranian journalist M. Hanif Jazayeri, posted a video of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei downplaying the crisis. However, his remarks belie so much of the other information that’s been leaking out of the country.
Yesterday, I posted on the death of an advisor to Khamenei, Mohammad Mirmohammadi, 71, from the coronavirus. His death comes on the heels of news that several high profile regime officials had either died from or been diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Khamenei dismisses #CoronaVirus as "not that big a deal", even calls it a "blessing". Iranians should pray against the virus "as prayer can solve many problems"— M. Hanif Jazayeri (@HanifJazayeri) March 3, 2020
Meanwhile the opposition MEK confirms 1000+ #COVID19 deaths in Iran
CC: @WHO @VP @statedeptspox @PressSec @VPPressSec pic.twitter.com/2Fki7wCCYp
Additionally, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered to help the country deal with this crisis, which Iran refused.