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Iran coronavirus update: Over 240,800 deaths, regime seeks to profit from providing vaccines

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 240,800 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 240,800 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, March 31, 2021—Over 240,800 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 529 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 Wednesday afternoon local time, March 31. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 62,665 around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 55,691 in Tehran, 15,665 in Isfahan, 15,585 in Razavi Khorasan, 14,099 in Khuzestan, 10,260 in Mazandaran, 9558 in East Azerbaijan, 8695 in Qom, 6205 in Golestan, 5968 in Alborz, 5576 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 5518 in Hamedan, 4175 in Semnan, 2734 in Qazvin, 2680 in Hormozgan, and 2461 in Ilam. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 240,800 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 240,800 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

While nearly all countries across the globe are carrying out their vaccination campaigns free of any charge, regime President Hassan Rouhani said Iran’s private sector will be involved, allowing regime-associated individuals and entities to make enormous profits.

“The private sector can import the vaccine and vaccination can take place in private and state hospitals, wherever the Health Minister deems proper. Even if a large factory, or a large production company wants the vaccine for its employees, they are free to import it with coordination,” Rouhani said on Wednesday.

As a result, through this criminal policy the mullahs’ regime has paved the path for the private sector, which is nothing but a pseudo name for the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and entitles linked to regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. On the other hand, tens of millions of Iranians living in poverty are effectively deprived of the vaccine.

“262 cities and towns are registered as yellow zones and only 59 cities and towns are considered blue zones,” said the spokesperson for the regime’s Health Ministry on Wednesday, adding there are 32 red zone cities and towns along with 85 registered as orange zones. “In addition to the country’s southern, western and central regions, cities and towns in the north and east are also reporting an increase in the number of new cases,” she added, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“The number of people hospitalized each day during the few days prior to March 20 reached a total of 400, while we are now looking at these stats increasing to 800. The number of positive tests during that period stood at around ten percent, while in the first week afterwards this figure has climbed to 19 percent and reached 50 percent this week,” said the spokesperson of the Isfahan Covid-19 Task Force on Wednesday, according to the IRGC-linked Fars news agency.

 

 

“The number of people hospitalized on a daily basis has increased by 60 percent. Around 100 people would be hospitalized each day prior to March 20. This figure has now increased to 166. The total number of people hospitalized in medical centers across the province is currently above the 600 mark,” said the deputy dean of Mashhad Medical Sciences University on Wednesday, according to the IRNA news agency.

“The city of Bandar Abbas is in alarming conditions and registered as a red zone. The number of coronavirus patients hospitalized in Hormozgan province in the past week in comparison to the week before has increased by more than 150 percent,” said the dean of Hormozgan Medical Sciences University on Wednesday. “Unfortunately, most of the new cases are of the mutated strain. Most certainly in the coming days we will enter a growing wave in this province and circumstances will be more dangerous than previous (Iranian calendar year that ended on March 20),” this official added, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

“Yesterday the number of people seeking medical care for Covid-19 symptoms reached the 1600 mark while prior to March 20 this figure stood at 900 to 1000 in the worst possible circumstances,” said the head of the Alborz Province Emergency Care Service on Wednesday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“When in one village 14 out of 16 tests turn out positive, and or in the span of 48 hours 72 percent of the coronavirus tests turn out positive at an alarming rate, this means we are in a crisis,” said the dean of Larestan Medical School on Wednesday, according to the IRNA news agency.

Secretariat of the Bushehr Covid-19 Task Force said on Wednesday that the number of Covid-19 patients being hospitalized is increasing in hospitals across the province. “The number of coronavirus patients hospitalized in hospitals across the province stands at 166 today. This figure stood at 95 last week, which indicates a 70 percent increase in the number of coronavirus patients hospitalized,” this official added, according to the Tasnim news agency, an outlet linked to the IRGC Quds Force.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map