Iranian nurses and doctors have been videoed dancing to keep morale up during the country’s coronavirus outbreak. The footage features Iranian healthcare professionals dancing while wearing layers of protective gear, including hazmat suits and masks.
Iran’s outbreak is the deadliest outside of China, with 2,336 confirmed cases and 77 reported deaths, at the time of writing. Several of the infected are leading politicians, including the Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi, the head of Iran’s emergency services, Hossein Kolivand and 23 of the country’s MPs.
While, Mohammad Mirmohammadi, a senior aide to the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, died as a result of the disease on 2 March. Nevertheless, healthcare professionals have been dancing to keep morale up.
— محمد مجيد الأحوازي (@MohamadAhwaze) March 3, 2020
Iranian nurses dancing, trying to keep their spirits high in the middle of corona virus outbreak in Iran. That’s really impressive! pic.twitter.com/tp0V7pyvqj
— Meisam Booshehri (@MeisamBooshehri) March 3, 2020
The government’s response has been mired with accusations that the number of cases has been deliberately under reported. While on Tuesday, Supreme Leader Khamenei termed the outbreak “not that big of a deal”.
One video shows a lively nurse wearing a hazmat suit and protective mask, dancing energetically in a hospital ward with empty beds.
As the #CoronaVirus outbreak has spreads, Iran's health care workers are under enormous pressure.
They deserve our admiration for their hard work.
They can also create joy out of a dismal situation. A video showing an Iranian nurse dancing with a lively human spirit. pic.twitter.com/f5dOkRDyvh
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) February 29, 2020
Several other videos show groups of doctors and nurses, dressed in hazmat suits, completing what some users have called a “doctor and nurses dance challenge”.
— Iran Momentum (@IranMomentum) March 3, 2020
Other groups have resorting to singing, with one healthcare professional playing a guitar for quarantined patients and colleagues alike.
— dento girl (@dento_girl) March 2, 2020
First dancing videos at Huoshenshan and Leishenshan Hospitals in Wuhan, now this from Iranian TV. Seems like the same playbook is being used.
— Weiwei Dai (@weiweiduh) March 1, 2020
The footage emerged after Chinese doctors and nurses made videos dancing with quarantined patients and celebrating discharging people by dancing outside the hospital.
Two nurses from a hospital in east China's Anhui recently danced to celebrate discharge of some people, as they finished period of quarantine amid China's #coronavirus battle. #FightVirus pic.twitter.com/aTNDcNnYI6
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) February 27, 2020
The patients infected by coronavirus are dancing with the nurses in a temporary hospitals. What a sad and happy scene! pic.twitter.com/JKpeSf4Imr
— Zheng Chen – 陈 正 (@ebiogeochem) February 15, 2020