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Farnaz Fassihi
Coronavirus cases increase in . 3 in Qom, 1 in Arak, 5 suspected transferred to Tehran. Lack of transparency about how & when virus entered & spreading & why public wasn't informed earlier is infuriating Iranians afresh.
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Farnaz Fassihi Feb 20
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2/ Iranians saying they don't trust public health officials statements about coronavirus outbreak. Because? The regime lied & covered up shooting down passenger airplane for 3 days.
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Farnaz Fassihi Feb 20
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3/ Compounding the anger is Iranian carrier Mahan Airlines still operating flights to & from China with little oversight from public health officials. Long after most countries have suspended flights from China.
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Farnaz Fassihi Feb 20
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4/ Tomorrow is elections. In Qom health officials have warned people to stay away from public spaces. What precautions are officials taking to not spread coronavirus in long lines & finger stamps?
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Farnaz Fassihi Feb 20
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5/ Many Iranians were already planning to sit out the elections. Hopelessness for change & anger over disqualification of reformist candidates, lying about airplane shooting & Nov. killing of hundreds of protestors. Fear from coronavirus could be another excuse to boycott vote.
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Farnaz Fassihi Feb 20
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6/ Brother of dead coronavirus patient in Qom is a member of Iran's central medical committee. He disputes government account, says his brother was 60, not elderly & had no existing health issues, caught the virus in the streets of Qom. He accuses officials of "cover up."
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Farnaz Fassihi Feb 20
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7/ Qom's Governor said elections will be held as scheduled. He asked voters to bring their own pens & said polling stations will have masks & disinfectants.
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Farnaz Fassihi Feb 20
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8/ Several more suspected coronavirus cases reported in other cities in Iran. Tehran shut down a potentially contaminated subway station in downtown & Isfahan disinfecting subway stations. Tomorrow is elections.
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Farnaz Fassihi Feb 20
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9/ Iran health officials say source of coronavirus & path to Iran is not clear. People who died had not traveled & had no contact with foreigners suggesting virus has spread to public spaces.
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Farnaz Fassihi Feb 20
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10/ Canada said tonight a 30-year-old has arrived from Iran with coronavirus.
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Farnaz Fassihi Feb 21
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11/ Friday coronavirus Iran: Numbers are on the rise. Four people dead and 13 infected in different cities. Health officials say 735 people hospitalized with flu like symptoms but not clear if they have coronavirus.
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