1. Experts believe Iran could by lying about coronavirus numbers, while a fake “cure” has killed 44 people.
In one 24 hour period this week, Iran reported 881 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the number of infected in the country to more than 8000.
With close to 300 deaths, Iran has one of the deadliest outbreaks of COVID-19 outside of China – but there’s fear the country is under-reporting its figures.
According to one journalist cited by The Atlantic, they think the figure could range between 500,000 to several million.
“A government website invited Iranians to submit details of symptoms they were experiencing. After 2 million responses, about 9 per cent reported COVID-19 symptoms.
“In the United States, among those whose symptoms and history have led them to be tested for COVID-19, about 10 per cent have eventually tested positive. If that rate holds, Iran would have 730,000 cases,” Graeme Wood explained.
There have also been 44 deaths in Iran due to methanol poisoning – with the deaths being blamed on rumours that drinking alcohol could help cure or protect from the disease.
Drinking alcohol is prohibited in Iran, and some citizens drank alcohol that substituted toxic methanol for ethanol.
If ingested in large quantities, methanol can cause blindness, liver damage and death.
Italian visitors banned….
Italian visitors will be banned from Australia as of Wednesday evening as the government steps up efforts to protect the country from coronavirus.
The ban, to start from 6pm, comes as the Morrison government announced a $2.4 billion boost to health services.
Italy joins bans already in place for visitors from China, Iran and South Korea.
“I think that it is important not to overstate this,” Scott Morrison said in a press conference in Canberra.
“Italy itself has effectively put itself into lockdown with travel now, and this largely closes that loop.”
Free phone consultations with GPs and pop-up clinics to help hospitals handle demand will form part of the government’s $2.4 billion coronavirus response.
It comes as Health Minister Greg Hunt says more than half of Australia’s 100 cases had recovered and it was unlikely people could be infected twice.
The government released its response package on Tuesday night, promising further measures were on the way.
It will establish 100 pop-up clinics across Australia to divert people who may be infected away from hospitals.