The Washington Free Beacon is reporting that Iran’s government has adopted “a warlike posture” after yet another of the country’s top officials has come down with coronavirus.
Ali Akbar Velayati serves as an adviser to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and he has become the latest in a string of high-ranking figures revealed to have the disease.
The Iranian owned Mehr News Agency quoted Major General Hossein Salami as announcing, “All provincial units of IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) along with medical science universities are really in a warlike arrangement.”
Designated by the Trump administration last year as a terrorist organization, the IRGC is a paramilitary force with an estimated strength of 125,000 members.
Iran: “We can defeat this virus”
“I assure people that we can defeat this virus by preserving unity and resistance provided that people would stay at home and follow the hygienic requirements,” Salami continued.
Lebanese terror group Hezbollah has strong links to Iran, and its leader extended words of praise for Velayati on Monday.
“When ministers, senior officials, and doctors in Iran accept responsibility and official figures have been infected with coronavirus, it means that they and their families have not fled elsewhere for safety,” Hassan Nasrallah stated.
The terrorist leader went on to add, “They are fighting against coronavirus alongside the people, and this is an honor for them.”
According to Jewish News Syndicate, Nasrallah may himself have coronavirus considering that other members of his organization have recently tested positive. He is currently under self-quarantine.
Infection numbers rise
Iran’s deputy health minister made headlines late last month when he began to exhibit symptoms of coronavirus infection during a television broadcast.
Iraj Harirchi later announced in a video that he had indeed tested positive for coronavirus, tweeting, “I will certainly defeat corona.”
As of Monday morning, Iran’s official death toll from coronavirus stood at 853. However, some have speculated that the real number could be far higher. Satellite images appear to show the construction of mass graves in a cemetery, with Washington Post writer Dalton Bennett tweeting that analysts had concluded “the excavation of a new section of the graveyard began as early as Feb. 21, and then rapidly expanded as the virus also spread.”