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Iran coronavirus update: Over 279,500 deaths, Rouhani blames the people for spread of Covid

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 279,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 279,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, May 6, 2021—Over 279,500 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 541 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 Thursday afternoon local time, May 6. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 73,906 around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 64,501 in Tehran, 18,355 in Isfahan, 17,315 in Razavi Khorasan, 17,149 in Khuzestan, 11,545 in Mazandaran, 11,428 in East Azerbaijan, 10,403 in West Azerbaijan, 9671 in Gilan, 9335 in Qom, 8782 in Fars, 7418 in Alborz, 6960 in Golestan, 6308 in Hamedan, 6288 in Kerman, 5833 in Markazi (Central), 4837 in Kurdistan, 4133 in North Khorasan, 3557 in Ardabil, 3080 in Zanjan, 2881 in Ilam, and 2741 in South Khorasan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 279,500 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 279,500 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran


While the number of covid victims continues to grow every day and there’s no prospect for general vaccination, regime president Hassan Rouhani once again blamed the people today and said, “There’s no guarantee that overcoming the fourth peak and even vaccination will prevent future peaks. Lower conformance to protocols following every peak shows that the people have not adapted themselves to the coronavirus. Previous peaks of the disease were mostly because protocols were not respected in full and seriousness.”

Regarding South African and Indian strains of the virus, health minister Saeid Namaki said on Wednesday, “This virus was identified in this month and quickly found its way into Iran. There have been 35-38 cases of South African virus in Hormozgan and three cases of the Indian virus in Qom. If the South African virus spread, it will be much more to manage than the UK strain. These variants are very fickle and even if one of them is found in the country, its will be a serious problem.” (Source: State television)

Alireza Raisi, the head of the National Covid-19 Task Force once again confirmed the delay of the vaccination process. “Even though we started the vaccination late, we are proceeding at a good speed and will continue until mid-July,” Raisi said on Thursday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

In Western Azarbaijan province, the official IRNA news agency reported on Thursday, “The spread of coronavirus in the past days and weeks has been on an upward slope. In addition to the increase in the number of cases and hospitalized patients, the number of deaths has been in the double digits.” IRNA quoted the head of public relations at the Western Azarbaijan Covid-19 Task Force as saying, “In the past 24 hours, the number of hospitalized patients with acute respiratory syndrome in the province has reached 1,390, which is the highest number in the past weeks. Of these patients, 245 are in ICU, of which 55 are on ventilator support. In the past 24 hours, 13 people have died.”

The dean of Qom Medical Sciences University said on Thursday, “Two weeks ago, 11 merchants from India entered Qom, and they were tested. Three of them tested positive and the results were sent to the Pasteur Institute in Tehran for further examination of the type of mutation.” (Source: ISNA)

In Markazi province, the dean of Arak Medical Sciences University said on Wednesday, “In the past 48 hours, 26 Covid-19 patients lost their lives in Markazi province. The number of Covid deaths in this province has reached 1,908.” (Source: IRNA)

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map