Iran whistleblower who filmed ‘coronavirus’ body bags in hospital is arrested

A man who filmed the horrifying footage of body bags found in an Iranian hospital has been arrested.

The video, shared on Twitter by Mohamad Ahwaze, showed lines of body bags filled with people allegedly killed by coronavirus on the floor.

It is understood that the man has been identified as a suspected hospital worker but not other details have been disclosed yet.

The footage, which has been viewed over 920,000 times, was taken from inside a hospital in the city of Qom.

Qom is where the killer COVID-19 was first detected and is the region with the highest amount of deaths alongside Iran's capital, Tehran.

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The man recording walks through several rooms of the facility as more and more body bags appear on gurneys.

Local media reported the deceased were victims of COVID-19, but this has not been officially confirmed.

A journalist in the region has claimed the body bags have been placed in the hospital because there is no space for them.

Iran has experienced 2,922 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with at least 92 people killed, according to local media.

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The Iranian government has announced new measures to combat the virus, saying that it would temporarily release 54,000 people from prison and deploy thousands of health workers.

Last week, a dozen Iranian government officials were reportedly infected by COVID-19, including the country's Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi and the Vice President for Women’s and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Mirmohammadi, a member of the Expediency Council which advises Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, died of the virus on Monday.

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