According to Amidror, the extent of the disease in Iran is not really known. "It is clear the Iranians are not telling the truth and are hiding the real situation," he said. "We know that the numbers are growing and are much greater than those announced by the authorities. As far as can be judged from the outside, without having the real information, everything is out of control."
He said Iran made a huge mistake in the beginning, allowing flights between Iran, China, and Lebanon. "Iran is the center of spreading the virus around the Middle East because people are flying between Beirut and Tehran," he said.
On Tuesday, the spokesperson for the Iranian Health Ministry announced a total of 988 deaths as a result of COVID-19, with nearly 15,000 infected, according to reports. As of Friday, the number of infected had risen to 19,644.