Four-story cemeteries were reportedly excavated in the central cemetery in the Iranian capital, Tehran, in order to be able to bury many of the Corona dead. The background to this is the rapid increase in the number of deaths related to the Coronavirus.
“The death toll is greater than the number of people killed in the past 50 years.”
The Tehran city administration and the cemetery have not yet responded to Thursday’s reports. The honorable funeral is especially important to the people of Iran. So it remains to be seen how they would react to the four-story graves.
The central Behesht Sahra cemetery recorded a record number of deaths on Tuesday. “We had 350 deaths, including 150 victims of Corona,” the head of the cemetery said in the ILNA news agency. “This large number of deaths was not recorded in one day during the past 50 years.”
In addition, the Tehran City Administration announced that the morgue in the central cemetery was soon no longer sufficient to store corona deaths. Around 13 million people live in Tehran.
During the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health recorded more than 450 deaths in Corona nationwide. More than 24,000 new infections were recorded in the same period. Since the outbreak of the epidemic in February 2020, the total number of corona deaths in Iran has exceeded 68,000, and the number of people infected with the virus has reached more than 2.3 million.
The vaccination campaign is slow
The start of the vaccination campaign in Iran is very slow. The country is in an economic crisis, mainly due to the US sanctions. As a result, just over 2 million doses of vaccines have been imported from China, Russia and India to date.
Doctors, nurses, nursing homes, and garbage disposal personnel have the highest priority when vaccinated. The country also produces its own vaccines, but it is still in the testing phase. Mass vaccinations are planned for mid-September.