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Iran coronavirus update: Over 193,900 deaths, regime officials questioning “Iranian vaccine”

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 193,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 193,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, December 29, 2020—Over 193,900 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 475 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, December 29. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 54,946 around a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 47,641 in Tehran, 13,230 in Razavi Khorasan, 11,795 in Isfahan, 9855 in Khuzestan, 7838 in Lorestan, 7342 in Mazandaran, 7472 in East Azerbaijan, 6881 in Gilan, 4209 in Kerman, 4069 in Kermanshah, 4028 in Markazi, 3427 in Yazd, 2377 in Ardabil, 2988 in North Khorasan, and 1811 in South Khorasan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 193,900 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 193,900 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran


“We are seeking to procure the Covid-19 vaccine through a number of methods. One is a domestic vaccine, and three different entities are working on the vaccine, along with others that are also involved,” said regime President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday in a continuation of his daily lies. “Two large entities and one scientific company. The second route is producing a vaccine with another country. A third route is purchasing the vaccine from abroad, including through the World Health Organization and we are also negotiating with one or two countries to purchase a number of vaccines from them,” he added.

“Mass production of this vaccine needs certain infrastructure and the Covid-19 vaccine in Iran will begin mass production in July or August of 2021,” said a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) on Tuesday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

The regime’s Health Minister Saied Namaki was quite angry on Tuesday over revelations about the mullahs’ engineered Covid-19 stats. “We are facing a biased media. They are using all their tools to tarnish Iran’s image and achievements. Iran has the most transparent stats and there is no concealment. Unfortunately, there are elements inside the country that play into the enemies’ hands and they are betraying our colleagues through unscientific analysis,” he claimed on Tuesday.

“When the death toll was extremely high, they would tell us what are other countries doing that their death toll is so low… Now that our death toll has truly declined many of our friends from the inside are telling us your numbers are probably wrong,” said Deputy Health Minister Ghasem Jan-Babaei on Sunday, according to state TV.

“It is difficult to break the chain reaction of this illness in Tehran. The average Covid-19 death toll in Tehran is 1.4 percent. The society’s lower class are the first victims,” said Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force. “The high population in Tehran has placed this metropolitan city in a difficult situation in the initiative to contain Covid-19. The Baharestan and or Tehran-Pars region are some of the most densely populated areas. One million people come and go into Tehran each day and many these people are not receiving any health and psychological information. Tehran is the country’s economic focal point. Twenty-five percent of the GDP and 52 percent of all taxes come from Tehran. This very issue can place Tehran facing extremely difficult issues,” he explained on Sunday, according to the state-controlled Khabar Online website.

“Currently around 5,000 patients are in ICUs, and more than 6,000 patients are hospitalized each day,” said a member of the Tehran City Council on Tuesday. “In the past ten months officials and senior directors across the country were quick to beat the drums of victory after even the slightest decrease in the Covid-19 peak. Through such methods if another peak were to break out the people would lose all their trust, and medical centers and physicians will be the ones who have to work the hardest,” this official added, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

“The number of Covid-19 cases registered daily is increasing in unbelievable manner. From December 21st to this day we have witnessed a 40 percent increase in the number of patients hospitalized,” according to a Tuesday report published by the regime's official IRNA news agency regarding Mazandaran province in northern Iran. “As time goes by the spread of this virus has gained tremendous speed. While we had 993 people hospitalized on December 21, we had 1205 on Monday. In other words, the average number of new patients that have been added to those hospitalized since December 21 is eleven times more than the October-November period and three times that of the November-December period,” the report adds.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map