Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, April 7, 2020—The estimate that exists now is that around 500,000 people across the country are now infected with coronavirus, said Hamid Souri, a member of Iran’s Coronavirus Control Task Force. Such an announcement that at least 500,000 people are infected with COVID-19 comes at a time when the regime’s Health Ministry officials are claiming 62,582 people are infected with the virus.
Furthermore, by emphasizing that the number of new coronavirus cases in the provinces of Tehran, Khorasan Razavi, West Azerbaijan, Bushher, Khuzestan, Kermanshah is on the rise, Souri said no province has reached a horizontal status in their COVID-19 statistical graphs. The situation is “concerning” across the country.
More than 19,500 people have died of coronavirus in 242 cities checkered across all of Iran's 31 provinces, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK.#Iran#COVID19Pandemic pic.twitter.com/CBYIym2yyX— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) April 6, 2020
“The coronavirus epidemic remains an escalating trend and in no province have we reached the peak or plateau status where the charts become horizontal,” the member of Iran’s Coronavirus Control Task Force said.
Prior to this Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani had said some provinces, such as Bushehr and Sistan & Baluchistan, are considered “white” states regarding the coronavirus epidemic and locals there can return to everyday economic and educational activities.
This regime official shed more light on the regime’s destructive policies. “Other countries that have been successful in controlling the virus show they had two important approaches. First, taking swift action in their measures and, second, being strong and very resilient down this path. Unfortunately, we in Iran have only half-implemented such measures and approaches. We have neither been swift nor strong,” he added.
The strategy adopted by the mullahs’ regime against coronavirus is also being questioned and under severe criticism. “We don’t have a vaccine against COVID-19. Therefore, there are only two methods for our path forward. We either allow 60 percent of the population to be infected, which will come with a major price tag and in the worst scenario 400,000 across the country could end up dead from coronavirus. Or, we an impose swift social distancing measures similar to a general quarantine,” he added.
The regime’s economy is suffocating and lacks the capacity to address this and other crises. “Each individual that returns to work and enters the streets can act as a cluster bomb and infect others. I truly don’t know what led to such a decision to reopen schools. However, it seems that economic reservations were in mind,” Souri concluded.
Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), described the decision by the mullahs’ regime to force the Iranian people back to work will lead to a large number of deaths and places the lives of millions of Iranians at grave risk.