[Ed. – We can’t rely on media reporting or official statements from either Iran or China, but the infection rate and mortality in Iran seems at least as bad as in China, and may be worse. As noted a few days ago, the least accountability surrounds Qom, Iran, which is also seeing the highest infection rate and death toll according to unofficial information leaking out. Qom is the ideological center of the Iranian Islamic revolution.]
Two days after Iran declared its first cases of the novel coronavirus – in what would become one of the largest outbreaks of the illness outside of China – evidence of unusual activity appeared at a cemetery near where the infections emerged.
At the Behesht-e Masoumeh complex in Qom, about 80 miles south of Tehran, the excavation of a new section of the graveyard began as early as Feb. 21, satellite images show, and then rapidly expanded as the virus spread. By the end of the month, two large trenches – their lengths totaling 100 yards – were visible at the site from space.
According to expert analysis, video testimony and official statements, the graves were dug to accommodate the rising number of virus victims in Qom.
[V]ideos, satellite images and other open-source data from the cemetery – a vast complex six miles north of the city center – suggest that the number of people struck down by the virus there is significantly higher than the official figure.