Iran’s biggest graveyard, which is also one of the world’s biggest in terms of area, is running out of space to bury the dead as the pandemic takes its toll in the Islamic nation.
The Behesht-e-Zahra graveyard — named after Prophet Mohammed’s daughter in Tehran has for a century been the resting place of millions, including the war-dead, aristocracy, and other in between, the Associated Press reported.
But now the massive graveyard in the corner of the capital is struggling to harbor the bodies as the inflow is twice what it usually is in regular times.
The cemetery’s manager Saeed Khaal says never have the Behesht-e-Zara faced such intense pressure in the 50-years-history than what it is facing now. The cemeteries workers are struggling to keep up with the pace.
He said even in times of earthquake, the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s the increase in the inflow of dead lasted for a few days, weeks at most. But the pandemic is painting an entirely different picture now.
“Now we have been in a crisis for 260 days, and it is not clear how many months more we are going to be facing this crisis,” he said to the AP.
Stretching 5 square kilometers (1,320 acres), the cemetery is one of the world’s largest and has some 1.6 million bodies resting underneath. it is also Tehran’s only resting place which has a population of over 8.6 million.
So far, 39,664 people have died of the coronavirus and 715,000 were infected all-total. Iran’s Mayor says the cemetery is accepting some 350 bodies a day on an average, compared to 150 – 170 in regular times.
What is the COVID-19 situation in Iran?
Bursting out to say the least.
In the last 24-hours, Iran’s health ministry announced 462 COVID-19 patients had lost their lives, bringing the total death toll to 39,664, the Iran Press news agency reported.
10,339 new infections were reported by the nation’s federal health ministry in the last 24-hours. Since the virus stuck over 39k people have died — one of the intense-most numbers in the Middle East and the world.
Several of the nation’s regions, including fahan, Qom, East Azerbaijan, South Khorasan, Khuzestan, Kermanshah, Kohgiluyeh, Hamedan, Yazd, and Kurdistan are regarded as red zones.
In the nation’s capital Tehran, authorities have imposed a nightly curfew to stem the spread of the virus. Businesses are made to shut down after 6 pm under the curfew directives.
The pandemic that has strained some of the world’s first-world country’s health care system to dengerous loevels, is certainly sending shockwaves down Iran’s struggling healthcare infrastructure.
Meanwhile, Iran’s Health Minister Saeed Namaki said on Tuesday that the nation is planning to double down on the number of tests it has been conducting for COVID-19.