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Iran coronavirus update: Over 200,000 deaths, Khamenei and Rouhani are directly responsible

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 200,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 200,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, January 11, 2021—Over 200,000 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 478 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 Monday afternoon local time, January 11. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 56,262 around a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 48,921 in Tehran, 13,585 in Razavi Khorasan, 12,540 in Isfahan, 7800 in Qom, 7782 in Mazandaran, 7398 in West Azerbaijan, 7086 in Gilan, 6100 in Fars, 5299 in Alborz, 4846 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 4416 in Kerman, 4133 in Markazi (Central), 3572 in Yazd, 3416 in Kurdistan, 2467 in Ardabil, 2102 in Qazvin, 2071 in Ilam, 1886 in South Khorasan, 1580 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari, and 1464 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 200,000 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 200,000 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Maryam Rajavi, President of the Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), described this catastrophe as a direct result of the regime’s criminal and plundering policies in the past ten months. This number of deaths was preventable and could have been far less, Madam Rajavi added. Regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, and other official are directly responsible for the rising number of Covid-19 deaths. Instead of paying the wages of Iran’s hard-working people from the economic cartels controlled by Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), they sent people to work at the mercy of Covid-19 and today, by preventing the coronavirus vaccine imports, they are behind an even more disastrous catastrophe.

In Iran even the government’s own official numbers are far higher than neighboring and other Middle East countries. Most of these countries have far weaker infrastructures and economic and social foundations in comparison to Iran. The true stats, however, leaves Iran with the highest death toll per capita in the world.

Heads of the regime’s Medical Apparatus Organization and chair of the National Scientific Associations issued a letter to Rouhani on the Covid-19 crisis. “The priority to procure and purchase the vaccine is a dire necessity that must be carried out solely based on a scientific approach and according to national interests, going beyond any political reservations. This needs to be conducted in the shortest possible time period and provided to the people, especially the most vulnerable sectors, including high risk groups and medical professionals… you are aware that processing the scientific phases and the mass production cycle of a indigenous vaccine will not be possible any time soon,” the Sunday letter reads in part, according to the state controlled Tabnak website.

“There is no solution other than using the vaccine to control the lethal coronavirus,” said the chair of the regime’s Medical Apparatus Organization on Monday. “If vaccination is not carried out in an adequate time period, the virus’ mutations can make the vaccine less capable and, as they say, the virus will overcome the vaccine,” the official added, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.



“The Iranian people should become a testing lab for the American and British vaccines,” said Ebrahim Raisi, head of the regime’s so-called judiciary, on Monday according to state TV. Raisi himself is known for his notorious role in the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners across Iran.

“While just two days ago the Health Ministry was talking about efforts to import the vaccine, suddenly the Health Minister said ‘the leader’s remarks about banning the import of coronavirus vaccine from the U.S. and the UK, based on vast scientific research, was fully out of the people’s best interests.’ Whereas up to last week this ministry, in cooperation with other institutions, were attempting to import at least one of the three Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford vaccines. It appears that Iran intends to purchase the vaccine from China and Russia,” according to a Monday post on the state-run Ruydad24 website. “Minoo Mohraz, a member of the National Covid-19 Task Force, specifically said on December 10 in an interview with Ruydad24 that she does not recommend the Chinese and Russian vaccines. Both vaccines are made up of a weak vaccine and are similar to the Iranian vaccine,” the website post adds.

“The number of Covid-19 cases hospitalized in Tehran province stands at over 1900, of which nearly 950 are in ICUs. We must not forget that the threat of a new Covid-19 wave is right before us,” said the governor of Tehran on Monday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

In Mazandaran province, northern Iran, “the city of Amol, registered as a red zone for the past two months or so, has had the highest Covid-19 death rate since August. Of the 22 cities in Mazandaran province, Amol, Sari, Neka, Qaemshahr and Fereydoon-kenar are registered as red zones, and the remaining are orange zones,” according to a Monday report wired by the IRNA news agency. “Soon the city of Tonkabon will elevate from an orange zone to a red zone,” said the city mayor.

“299 new Covid-19 patients have been registered during the past 24 hours. Currently there 1372 coronavirus patients hospitalized, of which 280 are in ICUs” in Mazandaran province, according to a report from the local Medical Sciences universities on Sunday.

“In the past 24 hours 175 new Covid-19 patients have been registered and there are currently 408 people hospitalized for coronavirus, of which 161 are in ICUs and 36 are under ventilators,” said the dean of West Azerbaijan Medical Sciences University on Sunday. “The total number of people who have died of Covid-19 in West Azerbaijan province has increased to 3402,” the official added, according to the IRGC-linked Javan daily.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map