Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, April 7, 2020—More than 20,400 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 245 cities across all of Iran’s 31 provinces, according to the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) based on reports tallied up to Tuesday afternoon local time, April 7. The regime's officially declared death toll is 3,872, less than a fifth of the real count.
The death toll in various provinces include: 2,050 in Qom, 1,800 in Khorasan Razavi, 630 in Kermanshah, 560 in Hamedan, 510 in Lorestan, 445 in Ardabil, 430 in West Azerbaijan, 350 in Semnan, 345 in Kerman, 340 in Kurdistan, 335 in East Azerbaijan, 300 in Markazi (Central), 122 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed, 82 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari, and 40 in Bushehr.
Over 20,400 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran
Despite the escalating COVID-19 crisis, a plan presented by 80 members of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) to shut down the country for a month in order to prevent further deaths was ruled out of the today’s schedule citing the plan was “unconstitutional.”
Iranian regime Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli took part in this session and resorted to delivering more lies in his remarks. “There are no concerns considering the process needed to control the virus across the country. Furthermore, the number of new cases throughout the country is decreasing,” he claimed.
However, Iranian regime Health Minister Saeed Namaki emphasized nothing is more devastating for the country’s economy and expressed his opposition to the Interior Minister’s remarks. The country is not in the phase of managing the illness and we have not reached containing and controlling coronavirus, he said, adding the regime should not get carried away or delusional about numbers.
Namaki requested a closed-doors session and acknowledged for the first time that the virus separately entered Qom, central Iran, and Gilan, northern Iran. “23 epidemiologist teams are working to discover the illness’ source. What happened in Gilan is separate to what happened in Qom. We evaluated all these subjects and will raise the issues in a closed-doors session,” he emphasized.
The Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said on March 27 that the coronavirus illness was present in the cities of Astara and Talesh back in late January. A large number of Chinese tourists entered Astara and Anzali in early to mid-January. The NCRI Security and Anti-Terrorism Commission issued statements on March 28, 31 and April 3 presenting hospital documents of 11 patients suffering from coronavirus in Tehran that were hospitalized between January 25 and February 7.
Alireza Zali, head of Tehran’s COVID-19 Control Task Force said in an interview with state TV on Monday night, April 6: “We have had a 28 percent rise in the number of patients in the general sections of our hospitals and a 15 percent rise in our ICU sections during the past three days. The number of people released have decreased in the past few days… We are still rising in the charts, and fast… the population of Tehran is very large and diverse. Our equipment and supplies do not match such a demand…”
“Tehran remains one of the main areas suffering from coronavirus. We have nearly no clean region due to the volume of inner-city commuting,” Zali said following Tuesday’s Tehran City Council session.
Meanwhile, regime officials and media continue to warn about the possibility of social unrest due to the regime’s mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis. During today’s parliament session, MP Mohammad Mehdi Zahedi said, “The post-coronavirus conditions present social, security, political and economic threats to the country, which have unfortunately been ignored. Neglecting the post-coronavirus conditions can have grave consequences for the country.”
The state-run Iran daily, which reflects the views of Rouhani’s government, wrote, “In the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak, we will see large social movements. After the coronavirus, Iran will not be calm. Exactly like after the 2017 elections, we will see many impactful incidents.”
Other regime-run publications reminded that recent unrest in the country might repeat themselves. The Sharq Daily wrote, “The incidents that took place in November and January, the slogans that were chanted, and the turnout in the February elections… if the current trend continues… the economic capacity of the country will be severely shaken given the current state of the oil market, the irreparable damage dealt by the coronavirus to the livelihoods, and the increasing pressure on the impoverished segments of the society.” Sharq was referring to the nationwide protests in November and January, and the unprecedented boycott of the parliamentary elections.
Regarding the rising death toll of the coronavirus, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said that the regime has “abandoned millions of Iranians defenseless in the face of the deadly virus.”
The #Coronavirus death toll is rising by the hour in cities across #Iran as the clerical regime has abandoned millions of Iranians defenseless in the face of the deadly virus. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/Canalhy3AR— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) April 7, 2020
As the regime tries to take advantage of the coronavirus crisis and the suffering of the people to further its foreign policy of lifting sanctions, the U.S. State Department published a fact sheet in which it called the regime’s efforts a scam and debunked the regime’s talking points about sanctions hampering the fight against the coronavirus.
“Iran’s slick foreign influence campaign to obtain sanctions relief is not intended for the relief or health of the Iranian people but to raise funds for its terror operations,” the State Department wrote, reminding that the regime has spent billions of dollars on its terror proxies while Iran’s healthcare services have remained underfunded.
The statement also lays out facts that prove sanctions are not preventing the regime from importing medical equipment, medicine, and food. Meanwhile, regime leaders refrain from tapping into their vast financial assets to support the people and labor force whose lives have been brought to a standstill during the coronavirus crisis. “After decades of experience, the Iranian people are the first to reject the regime’s excuses. New graffiti in a Tehran suburb reads ‘The Islamic Republic in Iran is the real coronavirus,’” the statement reads.