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Rouhani Tells Media to Lighten up on Virus Coverage

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has met with key advisors and officials to coordinate the suppression of media reports on the coronavirus outbreak in the country. Iran’s Tasnim reports that the President’s office will “track” media reports. They want to push a campaign to highlight the regime’s response to the coronavirus. Under the guise of “accurate, clear and transparent information on countering coronavirus,” it appears the main goal is to get the public to stop asking questions. “The main need of today’s society is to relax the focus,” the report notes. Rouhani claims that news updates are currently undermining the mental well-being of society. Rouhani warned the media not to be politically motivated and said it must explain how the health care system capabilities have succeeded despite USA pressure and inhumane sanctions. Meanwhile, the reality in Iran is despair. Media sources report mass graves in Iran, so immense they can be seen from satellites. Qom is a pilgrimage site for Shia Muslims, attracting millions of pilgrims every year. It is also where morgue directors are having trouble handling burials for those who died of the virus, with bodies piling up because the cases are rapidly rising in the country, creating a backlog. Iranian officials reported on Sunday 15 March 2020 that the death toll in Iran has risen to 724 and that 1,200 new patients were diagnosed over the weekend. (VFI News)