coronavirus journalist, DR. OZ'S CORONAVIRUS SURVIVAL GUIDE Tehran initially downplayed the outbreak because they were worried about low turnout in Feb. 11 parliamentary elections. The low turnout fear was bolstered by the Iranian military's accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger jet in January. In the end, authorities prioritized their political concerns over the risk of spreading the virus to its citizens. And the move backfired. Big time. Now the news that a number of lawmakers have tested positive for the quickly-spreading virus - two have already died from it - has ripped away what little was left of the Iranian government's credibility. Officials like Gen. Hossein Salami, the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps., recently went so far as to accuse the United States of unleashing the virus in Iran on purpose.
coronavirus journalist - IRAN'S COUNTER-CORONAVIRUS LEADER CONTRACTS ILLNESS AS COUNTRY'S DEATH TOLL REACHES 15 Today, the country is engaged in a biological battle, Salami said. We will prevail in the fight against this virus, which might be the product of an American biological (attack), which first spread in China and then to the rest of the world. Washington Post Global Opinions writer Jason Rezaian believes many of Iran's current problems could have been avoided but adds that by downplaying the crisis, Iranian officials have actually managed to aggravate the public panic they wanted to avoid - and have undermined their own legitimacy in the process.
coronavirus journalist, People are terrified, and they have no trust in the state's ability to manage the crisis. It's hard to blame them, he said. Bloomberg Opinions columnist Bobby Ghosh believes that Iran has long regarded reckless endangerment - of its own citizens as much as of neighboring nations - as a governing precept. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP Its reflective tendency to lie about crises, recently on display with the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner, adds credence to reports that the first signs of the outbreak were evident on Feb. 13, six days before the government owned up, he said.
coronavirus journalist - Iran's Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi downplayed reports of a government cover-up for days and even went on national television to joke about his own symptoms. In addition to that horrific display, Iranian judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi said Monday that authorities would be releasing 70,000 prisoners because of the coronavirus outbreak. Raisi did not give details on when or if prisoners, once deemed dangerous enough to lock up behind bars, would be required to return.
coronavirus journalist - 'Dr. Oz Show' host Dr. Mehmet Oz joins Harris Faulkner to discuss the coronavirus outbreak on 'Outnumbered Overtime.' I’ve been engaged with the issue of pandemic preparation for over 10 years. Former Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., and I headed up a nonprofit, early in the last decade, which sponsored a stem-to-stern study of how well America’s public health infrastructure would respond to a pandemic. We found a number of areas where the national chain or resilience was lacking. I was concerned that COVID-19 might be the perfect storm that the public health establishment has been fearing.