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Iran coronavirus update: Over 115,100 deaths, Tehran goes into lockdown with over 27,200 deaths

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 115,100 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 115,100 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, October 3, 2020—Over 115,100 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 450 cities checkered across all of Iran’s 31 provinces, according to reports tallied by the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as of Saturday afternoon local time, October 3. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 26,746, around a fifth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 27,201 in Tehran, 8584 in Razavi Khorasan, 7473 in Khuzestan, 5774 in Isfahan, 5097 in Lorestan, 3943 in East Azerbaijan, 3386 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 3101 in Fars, 3077 in Hamedan, 3002 in West Azerbaijan, 2034 in North Khorasan, 1356 in Ardabil, 1083 in Zanjan, 1069 in Qazvin, 960 in Ilam, 873 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari, and 837 in South Khorasan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-Over 115,100 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Infographic-Over 115,100 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

As the Covid-19 virus has begun to spread once again across Iran, regime President Hassan Rouhani was more concerned about revelations being made of the catastrophe. “I express my gratitude to our state media outlets that went the distance in their efforts against dissident’s media outlets abroad. They are focusing on fearmongering and want to terrify the society, cause mistrust. They want to say [the regime’s] stats are not correct, nor the treatment process,” he said on Saturday. “This year Germany’s economy will suffer a 5.2 percent slump… Our economy will most definitely have better results and we’re even hoping that until March of 2021 we will have positive growth or a very slight negative slide, far better than the numbers announced in Germany though,” Rouhani said in a new series of ridiculous lies.

Rouhani is actually telling the truth because in his opinion an economy is nothing but stealing and plundering the Iranian people, and filling the pockets of regime officials, the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and corrupt figures linked directly to the regime.

“We have a large number of cases in Tehran that people are hospitalized and die in just 24 to 48 hours. There is no time for the medical personnel to provide adequate treatment,” said Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force on Friday. “If this illness begins to spread in exponential rates, we will be witnessing three to five times more new cases in Tehran and 1.5 to three times more deaths,” he added, according to the regime’s Mizan news agency. Zali wrote a letter to the Tehran governor asking for a week-long restriction measures in Tehran province, according to a Saturday report wired by the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“From late August, Tehran’s chart of new cases and people being hospitalized began to rise again. This trend continues in alarming fashion,” said the spokesperson of the regime’s Health Ministry on Saturday. “If this pace continues, we will be witnessing an increase in the number of deaths in the coming weeks. The number of hospitalized people in Tehran is above the country’s average. A total of 4605 Covid-19 patients are hospitalized in Tehran, of which 912 are in ICUs,” she added, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

Behrouz Kelidari, the deputy dean of Isfahan Medical Sciences University said on Friday, “In September, we hospitalized more than 7,300 patients. The number of patients whose Covid-19 tests are turning out positive has increased. In March, on some days, we identified 40-50 and sometimes up to 100 patients. But in the past two weeks, we are finding more than 1,000 patients per day. In the past two weeks, we hospitalized more than 300 patients in one day. In late August, 180 patients died in one week… In the past week, we lost 270 patients. That’s 30-40 patients per day. We must declare public mourning for this situation. It seems that the trend is growing. We nearly have 1,500 hospitalized patients, and every day, 30-40 patients are added. Some of the patients we’re losing are unbelievable. Last night, in one of the counties, we lost a 53-year-old father and a 24-year-old son in the span of two hours. Last week, a youth died of a heart attack 15 minutes after entering one of our medical centers. The system is under so much pressure that patients will be in long wait lines and we might lose a lot of patients.” (Source: Isfahan local TV network, October 2)

At the same time, many prisoners in different cities have contracted coronavirus in the regime’s prisons. At least nine female prisoners in Tabriz prison are among the patients. In this prison, there is no doctor for women and no place to hospitalize them. Since authorities don’t quarantine sick prisoners, the virus is spreading very fast. Political prisoner Masoumeh Senobari, 32, is among the prisoners who have contracted Covid-19 in Tabriz prison. Senobari was arrested in March 2018 and was brutally tortured by security forces in Tabriz Intelligence Detention Center. She is still suffering from the effects of the torture.

In the summer of 2019, she was released on bail and was re-arrested in February 2020 and was sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of insulting regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei and “anti-government propaganda in favor of the MEK.”

Families of prisoners have called on the regime to temporarily release them, but regime authorities have denied those requests. While the quality of the prison food is very poor, the sick inmates can’t eat it, and they are unable to provide their most basic needs.

 

 

The Iranian Resistance has called on the United Nations Secretary General, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Human Rights Council, the relevant rapporteurs of the UN, and all international human rights organizations to intervene to temporarily release prisoners and prevent a human catastrophe from coming to pass in Iran’s prisons.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map