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Iran coronavirus update: 14,200 COVID-19 deaths, public mistrust toward regime deepens

More than 14,200 people across Iran have died of coronavirus
More than 14,200 people across Iran have died of coronavirus

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, March 30, 2020—More than 14,200 people in 236 cities across Iran have died of coronavirus, according to information obtained by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), up 600 from the previous day.

The death toll in different provinces of Iran includes: 400 in Ardebil, in Alborz 600, in Chaharmahal Bakhtiari 38, Khorasan Razavi 1,120, North Khorasan 190, Zanjan 250, Gilan 1370 and in Yazd is 305. This is in addition to the figures in other provinces.

Over 14,200 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 14,200 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

The official figure declared by the regime 2,757 COVID-19 deaths, less than a sixth of the true death toll. 

In Qarchak, Varamin county, the locals have reported that on Sunday alone, 28 people died. The medical staff of the Bahonar hospital says that some days, 30-40 people die in this hospital. In Nasim Shahr, Tehran, 18 coronavirus patients died. In Delijan, the COVID-19 casualties have reached 50. In the hospitals of Gorgan, northern Iran, IRGC and Bassij forces are preventing any filming and photography and have threatened the hospital staff to not provide any information about the death toll to anyone.

The representative of the health ministry in Mazandaran and Golestan said, “The epicenter of the COVID-19 contamination has transferred to the villages of Mazandaran.”

In a letter to regime president Hassan Rouhani, Mostafa Moein, the head of the Supreme Medical Council of Iran, wrote, “The high rate of coronavirus infection in the medical community and the death of many of them, as well as the high rates of coronavirus death in comparison to other countries, will remain as a great question and disappointment.”

Moein also warned, “Normalizing the situation on the pretext of preventing panic and distress is very dangerous and will create a false sense of security. Telling the truth will have much less consequences.”

The governor of Qom province warned, “Get ready for more coronavirus cases.” Qom is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Iran. The governor’s remarks go against Rouhani’s statements, who in the past days has been constantly trying to downplay the situation and falsely claimed that the country has passed by the coronavirus peak.

Meanwhile, Ebrahim Raisi, the head of the regime’s judiciary branch, acknowledged that the regime’s lies have caused deep resentment and hatred in the Iranian society.

Raisi, who is deeply chagrined by the Iranian opposition’s constant revelations of the true scale of the coronavirus disaster in Iran, said, “The media, especially the national radio and television, must have the upper hand in countering the psychological warfare of the enemy and convince the public about the truth inside the country.” By “truth,” of course, Raisi means the lies that the regime has been disseminating in the past weeks to cover up its criminal handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

Economist Ali Dini Torkamani warned, “The government had balanced the budget with oil prices at $50 per barrel. But today, oil prices have dropped to $15 per barrel.” On the previous day, Rouhani had claimed that his government had allocated approx. $6bn of the 2020 budget to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.  

Morgan Ortagus, the spokesperson of the U.S. State Department, reminded the regime’s destructive role in the region, which has not subsided even as Iran and the world struggle with the coronavirus pandemic. “As the world focuses on combating the COVID-19 pandemic & saving lives, the Houthis focused on doing the work of the IRGC-Quds Force by attacking innocent civilians,” Ortagus tweeted.