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Iran coronavirus update: Over 128,000 deaths, conditions described as “catastrophic”

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 128,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 128,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, October 20, 2020—Over 128,000 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 458 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 Tuesday afternoon local time, October 20. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 31,034, less than a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 30,751 in Tehran , 9687 in Razavi Khorasan, 6692 in Isfahan, 5747 in Mazandaran, 4544 in East Azerbaijan, 3373 in Hamewdan, 3631 in Golestan, 3631 in West Azerbaijan, 3533 in Alborz, 3371 in Fars, 2778 in Kermanshah, 2179 in North Khorasan, 1922 in Semnan, 1881 in Yazd, 1640 in Hormozgan, 1525 in Bushehr, 1458 in Ardabil, and 977 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-Over 128,000 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Infographic-Over 128,000 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran


In an unprecedented record based on the regime’s own engineered numbers announced on a daily basis by their Health Ministry, the number of new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours surpassed the 5000 mark for the first time and reached 5039, of which 2254 are hospitalized.

Regime President Hassan Rouhani was furious over the truth of Covid-19 in Iran being unveiled. “Our experts and medical professionals do not speak as one and they have different tones at times,” he said on Monday in a meeting with the Health Minister and his directors. “While warning the people and informing them about the consequences, they also spread fear among our society… No one should voice remarks for people to feel that the government is not using all it can to confront this issue,” he added.

Rouhani was also forced to respond to a series of calls for lockdowns in order to contain coronavirus and once again placed the blame on the people. “How are we to guarantee people stay in their homes when we impose lockdowns... We may think some things are good, but they are not practical,” Rouhani added.

“The status quo is horrible. It is already too late for lockdown measures. Everywhere across the country is in atrocious conditions,” said Minoo Mohraz, a member of the National Covid-19 Task Force on Tuesday. “Tehran is even worse. Based on medical science there needs to be lockdown measures imposed. Refusing to impose lockdown measures are based on political decision making, not medical science. One individual being hospitalized in ICU for one million costs millions (of rials, Iran’s currency). Right now, we have 4700 people in ICUs. This is next to all the supplies they purchase to prevent them from getting the virus… Medical costs are backbreaking. The government needs to understand that they should pay for all these. They need to start thinking will they shoulder these expenses or providing for the people under lockdown conditions. During the 45 years of my medical experience I have never seen so many patients in ICUs and so many fatalities. Watching all these deaths have psychologically fatigued are medical professionals,” she added, according to the state-run Khabar Fouri website.

Payam Tabarsi, the head of infectious diseases department at Tehran’s Masih Daneshvari hospital, said, “The statistics of Covid-19 deaths that we presently see were predicted and if precautions are not taken, the daily death toll will reach 600.” (Source: Fars News Agency, October 20)

The head of Tehran’s Rasul Akram hospital said, “Even if the best protocols are implemented tomorrow and the entire country is shut down, we will still see a high rate of daily deaths for another 2-3 weeks.” (Source: Tasnim News Agency, October 20)

Ali Ata, the spokesperson of Tehran City Council, said, “Why isn’t Tehran shut down? Why aren’t there any serious restrictions in red provinces? We can’t contain the spread of coronavirus with recommendations and advice.”  (Source: Tasnim News Agency, October 20)

The spokesperson of the health ministry in Kermanshah province said, “The number of daily hospitalized cases in this province is 20 per 100,000 persons, and deaths are at 28.5 per 1 million population, which are both higher than the national average.” (Source: IRNA, October 20)

As the spread of Covid-19 reaches unprecedented levels West Azerbaijan province, the health minister traveled to Urmia to examine the situation. In this regard, the official IRNA news agency quoted the dean of the province’s medical sciences university as saying, “In the past 24 hours, we’ve seen 161 new Covid-19 cases and 29 deaths. This growing trend will continue. The total number of hospitalized patients has reached 1,193 cases, 228 of which are in ICU and 69 under ventilator support. The total number of deaths in the province has reached 1,417 and the growing trend is alarming.”



Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), expressed her condolences to the grieving families of this horrible tragedy, which is the direct result of the criminal policies of regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei and president Hassan Rouhani, who instead of supporting the impoverished segments of the society have sent them back to work and exposed them to contamination.

“While the people of Iran are suffering from shortage of special medications including for diabetes, the IRGC exports these medicines to countries in the region,” Madam Rajavi added. “In the meantime, Rouhani celebrates a bogus victory over the import export of arms for further belligerence.”

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map