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Iran coronavirus update: Over 135,300 deaths, Tehran official says Covid-19 is defeating us

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 135,300 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 135,300 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, October 28, 2020—Over 135,300 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 460 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 Wednesday afternoon local time, October 28. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 33,714, around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 32,761 in Tehran, 10,182 in Razavi Khorasan, 7497 in Isfahan, 5106 in Gilan, 4781 in East Azerbaijan, 3952 in West Azerbaijan, 3721 in Golestan, 3748 in Alborz, 3551 in Fars, 2888 in Kermanshah, 2284 in North Khorasan, 2120 in Kerman, 2096 in Yazd, 1927 in Markazi (Central), 1367 in Qazvin, 1079 in South Khorasan, and 979 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-Over 135,300 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Infographic-Over 135,300 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran


The regime’s Health Ministry spokesperson announced the mullahs’ engineered Covid-19 numbers on Wednesday as an unprecedented 415 deaths, 6824 new Covid-19 cases and 5012 patients are in ICUs during the past 24-hour period. The first and third stats are the highest such numbers since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Regime president Hassan Rouhani once again expressed concerns about revelations regarding the true proportions of the Covid-19 catastrophe across the country. “At times there are remarks made in different provinces and by various individuals marking different events in their interviews that confuse the population. Based on the viewpoint of [Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei, we have appointed a spokesperson and people should only trust the words of this official… this official’s remarks should be the source of our positions,” he said on Wednesday.

As the Covid-19 catastrophe expands across Iran, the mullahs’ regime held a large ceremony on Monday in the city of Mashhad, northeast Iran, in which “thousands” participated, according to the regime’s own state-media. Even the Health Ministry spokesperson said, “I am also sorry about the event in Mashhad… everyone claims negligence and apparently only God knows who authorized this event. I cannot believe it, it is truly a crime,” she said on Tuesday, according to the state-run Iran Press News.

“Coronavirus, along with mismanagement by the government, is running wild and we have reached the top world rankings in regard to daily deaths,” said Seyed Nasser Mousavi Laregani, a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) on Wednesday. “Why should the National Covid-19 Task Force erect a floodgate around the presidency to protect Mr. Rouhani’s life and all the while not think of serious measures for the entire country? Why do they not erect the same type of floodgate to protect ordinary people?” he asked, according to the Majlis news agency.

“We don’t have a member in the Covid-19 Task Force and there is no special attention to our opinions,” said the head of the Tehran City Council on Wednesday. “Covid-19 is far ahead of us and we have fallen behind… a country that cannot compensate for people who lose their incomes during lockdowns is forced to end its lockdown conditions. The number of deaths is increasing day by day. Well, we had the information and stats from Tehran’s Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery… we did not have stats from hospitals, but we did have stats from the cemetery, that is more precise than the numbers from the hospitals. It is clear that Covid-19 is defeating us instead of us defeating it. We are still late on decision making,” the official added, according to the Asr-e Iran daily.



Reza Karami Mohammadi, the head of Tehran’s Crisis Management Organization, stressed that the ratio of Covid-19 cases to deaths in Iran is higher than other places in the world, and said, “While in the past eight months, we have lost 33,000 of our compatriots while during the [Iran-Iraq] war, we had 30,000 casualties per year.”

In South Khorasan province, Ghassem Janbabaei, the deputy health minister, said, “In South Khorsan, we’re witnessing a growing trend of Covid-19 cases, and the number of inpatients is increasing. About 80 percent of Covid-19 tests turn out positive, which shows high infection in the city.” (Source: IRNA news agency, October 28)

On Wednesday, the dean of West Azerbaijan Medical Sciences University said, “In the past 24 hours, there have been 24 registered Covid-19 deaths and the total number of casualties has reached 1,664. There are 1,416 hospitalized patients, 262 of whom are in ICU and 87 are under ventilator support.” (Source: Javan newspaper, October 28)

The spokesperson of Yazd Medical Sciences University said on Thursday, “In the first wave, 15 percent of hospitalized patients were in need of oxygen support. In the third wave, this figure has reached 85-90 percent.” (Source: IRIB news agency, October 28)

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), reiterated that the high number of casualties is the direct result of the criminal policies of Khamenei and Rouhani, who place no value in human life. While the regime is spending huge sums on smuggling weapons, nuclear and missile projects, and waging war and exporting terrorism and fundamentalism, workers and nurses and medical staff, government employees, teachers and others can’t procure their basic needs due to rising prices. This is while the regime’s so-called foundations, overseen by Khamenei, are sitting atop more than $1 trillion worth of the Iranian people’s assets. These foundations and their wealth must be forfeited to the people. Also, Mrs. Rajavi emphasized, a single army is enough for this regime. The Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and Basij must be dissolved and their budgets allocated to the coronavirus response.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map