FAST FIVE: Iran Rounding Up Whistleblowers Who Try To Expose Real COVID-19 Death Toll: State Dept
Iran was one of the two earliest epicenters outside of China along with Italy, and currently has the sixth highest number of total confirmed Covid-19 cases, but ranks fourth in deaths at 2,077 which have succumbed to the disease. Image via The Atlantic “The regime has imprisoned dozens of Iranians for sharing statistics and forced hospital officials across Iran to falsify the number of cases and deaths,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told the neocon Washington Free Beacon, yet without offering further details.
The new allegation comes as Tehran is begging the IMF for $5 billion in emergency funds to help with coronavirus relief, and simultaneously lashing out at Washington for its unrelenting sanctions regimen.
The EU announced earlier this week it plans to send Iran 20 million euros in relief funds, also demonstrating Europe's increased resolve to buck Washington's near total blockade of the country, US claims to have kept certain 'humanitarian channels' open notwithstanding.
But the United States and other observers say there are far more casualties.
Their efforts include enlisting US allies in a campaign to weaken the Trump administration's tough economic sanctions on the country, a move that could provide the regime with billions in cash.