Iran has dug mass grave pits 'big enough to be seen from space', as it becomes a breeding ground for the deadly coronavirus pandemic sweeping the Middle East.
Official figures say 514 have died, but according to reports citing a 'coverup' from inside the Islamic state, the pandemic has claimed the lives of at least 3,650.
It comes as Iranian forces clear the streets nationwide on Friday, and within 24 hours and all citizens will be checked for the new coronavirus in a bid to halt its spread.
Some news outlets allege at least 13 Iranian regime figures have also died, due to severity the novel coronavirus in the Islamic Republic.
The Government has now applied for a £4 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund to counter the coronavirus.
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran say according to eyewitness reports, hundreds more have lost their lives to the Coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
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Satellite images from the beginning of March and put out by Maxar Technologies, appear to show activity inside the Behesht-e Masoumeh cemetery in Qom.
According to experts, the images show two fresh trenches of graves.
As of Thursday the true number of victims in various provinces is alleged to be: 230 in Alborz, 300 in Mazandaran, 296 in Golestan, 348 in Khorasan Razavi, 91 in Markazi, 102 in Lorestan, 58 in East Azerbaijan, 21 in Ardabil, 15 in West Azerbaijan, 12 in Kerman, 10 in Hormozgan, 15 in Semnan, 10 in North Khorasan, and seven in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari.
The governor of Khaf, a city in Khorasan Razavi, has ordered the mayor to dig dozens of graves at a depth of four meters to bury the Coronavirus victims collectively.
Dr Khaloo, head of the Intensive Care Unit at Ali Asghar Hospital in Shiraz, called for the city to be half-lit and for flags to be flown at half-mast to mourn the victims.
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Addressing the governor, he said, "Many officials do not know what we are in for. Please put aside politics … publishing the statistics is not bad at all, what’s bad is the deaths of our people due to this disease.”
The state-run Entekhab daily, quoting Isfahan University of Medical Sciences vice president, Behrouz Kalidari, wrote: "Isfahan is ranked first in terms of the speed of the outbreak. … Kashan has a complex situation.
"The number of fatalities in this city of nearly 450,000 equates with the number in a city with a population of four-and-a-half million.
"As such, there is a possibility of insufficient medical staff in that city. In Isfahan province, the number of critically ill patients who need ICU care at the hospital is increasing with new admissions.
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"None of Isfahan province’s cities are immune to the outbreak of Coronavirus.”
There are now concerns about civil unrest in the region, including looting and the potential of the government there to squander international aid.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said international aid should be directly provided to hospitals and the public without the intervention from the Iranian government.
"Any money that is given to this regime will be plundered and nothing will be done for the people," she alleged.
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