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Iran coronavirus update: 17,500 deaths, medical experts criticize regime response

Iran coronavirus outbreak—April 2020
Iran coronavirus outbreak—April 2020

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, April 4, 2020—Over 17,500 people have died of coronavirus in 240 cities across all of Iran’s 31 provinces, according to reports tallied the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) up to Saturday afternoon local time, April 4. The deah toll declared by the regime is 3,452, less than a fifth of the real figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 2,170 in Tehran, 1,500 in Mazandaran, 840 in Khuzestan, 440 in Hamedan, 350 in Yazd, 340 in Zanjan, 325 in Fars, 320 in Kurdistan, 280 in Markazi (Central), 240 in East Azerbaijan, 225 in North Khorasan, 190 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 145 in Ilam, and 120 in Semnan.

Over 17,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 17,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

Alireza Zali, head of Tehran’s COVID-19 Control Task Force, continued to voice grave concerns about the future. “We still may witness a new wave and a coronavirus return in Tehran. We have to reach stability in regard to the illness’ spread in Tehran. This comes from the number of patients entering medical treatment centers and hospitals in Tehran, and the number of patients hospitalized in the general and special sections of these institutions. The most important source of being caught off guard is to think we have gained control over this crisis. This issue can be very deceitful and misleading, and we may be facing even worse conditions in the future,” he said on Friday, April 3, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

Mostafa Moein, head of the Supreme Medical Apparatus Council and a former minister of health and sciences, also weighed in on this subject and listed the regime’s various failures in preventing the current COVID-19 crisis in Iran.

- failing to end Mahan Air flights to China

- delay in discovering the virus’ entry in Iran

- lack of transparency and deceptive measures

- political and health officials constantly making unscientific and contradictory remarks

- failing to take speedy and firm decisions to quarantine the city of Qom, known as the epicenter of Iran’s coronavirus outbreak

- long delays in imposing social distancing measures and limiting inner city and cross country commuting/vehicle transportation

- failing to provide elementary safety necessities and protective gear for physicians, nurses and medical staff members that led to the loss of Iran’s best medical professionals

- the death of countless patients in comparison to global standards

- shortage in masks, gloves and disinfectant agents across the country

The state-run Hamshahri conducted an interview with Mohammad Reza Zafarghandi, head of Iran’s Medical Apparatus Organization on the current epidemic. “To this day nearly 170 physicians and nurses in the city of Qom have been infected with coronavirus, and 37 physicians and nurses have lost their lives… the illness’ entry into the country was not taken seriously… if more serious controlling measures were adopted, naturally we would not have witnessed such a spread of this illness,” he said.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), hailed the doctors and nurses of Iran, who despite the lack of support from the regime continue to selflessly lead the fight against coronavirus.

 

 

Iranian regime officials continue to vent their outrage at the revelations made by the Iranian resistance. Regarding the videos published by the MEK that documents the coronavirus outbreak in Iran, regime MP Abdolreza Azizi told Keyhan Daily that they have been fabricated. “The people must be very careful,” Azizi said.

Mohammad Hosseini, the former minister of culture, said, “A bunch of traitors to the country are trying to undermine the Islamic establishment and insult our sanctities. Naturally, they have people inside the country who are paving the way for abusing the current environment.”

The regime’s top brass continues to voice concern about the possibility of nationwide protests erupting to the regime’s dismal management of the crisis.

Hossein Rahimi, the commander of state security forces in Tehran, warned about the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak, the explosive state of the society, and the growing resent toward the regime and its leaders. While speaking on state television, Rahimi said, “We have an issue post-coronavirus, especially on the economic front and especially regarding the segments of the society that are winning their bread on a daily basis, and are earning something to support the livelihoods of their families. This is the segment that will feel the most pressure.”

It is worth reminding that a few days earlier, Hossein Ashtari, the head of the state security forces, had revealed his fear of social protests during the Coronavirus Task Force meeting. “Contract workers must leave their homes to make ends meet… they are from the weak segments of the society… they’ve been told to stay in their homes, but it’s been a month or two that they have no income. If the situation remains, we might be facing other damages and post-coronavirus incidents,” Ashtari said.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map