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Iran coronavirus update: Over 282,900 deaths, Rouhani makes more unfounded claims about vaccination

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 282,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 282,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, May 9, 2021—Over 282,900 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 Sunday afternoon local time, May 9. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 74,910 around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 65,471 in Tehran, 18,615 in Isfahan, 17,445 in Razavi Khorasan, 17,414 in Khuzestan, 11,640 in Mazandaran, 11,613 in Lorestan, 11,563 in East Azerbaijan, 10,518 in West Azerbaijan, 9731 in Gilan, 8992 in Fars, 7588 in Alborz, 6501 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 6368 in Hamedan, 5903 in Markazi (Central), 4960 in Semnan, 4867 in Yazd, 3289 in Qazvin, 2944 in Bushehr, and 2320 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 282,900 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 282,900 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran


By May 22 we will have 13 million people of this high-risk branch, meaning 15 percent of the population will be vaccinated, said regime President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday in yet another baseless pledge. According to the experts, even if this promise were true, which is highly unlikely, in the next few months and until March 21, 2022, Iran will continue to witness more coronavirus waves.

“The status quo is similar to last November and the number of new cases continues to be higher than in February and March, and last summer. The pressure of Covid-19 on our hospitals remains,” said Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Saturday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“The experience we had in Khuzestan province (southwest Iran) was that the city of Ahvaz and southern parts of the province reached their peak and began to decrease. However, after a week they reached the peak again. This means we should not be negligent,” said Alireza Raisi, spokesperson of the National Covid-19 Task Force on Sunday. “In our southern provinces such Bushehr and Hormozgan there have been confirmed reports of the Indian variant. This is also true for West Azerbaijan. During the peak of the third wave, we had 23,000 patients in our hospitals. In the fourth peak, considering the transfer power of this illness we had prepared 60,000 to 65,000 beds,” he added, according to the Javan daily, a newspaper affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

“A number of countries were unable to control the novel coronavirus and Iran is among them. A strong and effective task force is not managing coronavirus in Iran. They are not using the capacity of our medical professionals,” said former regime president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday. “Of course, this is to some extent a political issue and at times they are engineering the stats. They have said it themselves that the numbers they are providing are actually half the reality. There is also strange fearmongering going on. There is no clear path before the people for them to be certain. I am expecting that government and administrative officials have been vaccinated and have nothing to be worried about. They are not worried much about the people. I do not see any mourning. They very easily say 450 people are dying per day,” he added, according to the state-run Khabar Online website.

“With Covid-19 spreading across the country 60 percent of our workforce of 10,000 drivers are unemployed. More than 2,000 have contracted Covid-19 and more than 200 have lost their lives,” said the chief of Tehran Province Transportation Union on Sunday, according to the state-run Hamshahri daily.



“Workers and service employees, other than bus and taxi drivers, total to around 57,000 people. Less than 3,000 have been vaccinated. They are in danger. In our southern areas, there have been no vaccinations. Most of the vaccination has been carried out in the northern parts of Tehran,” said the head of Tehran City Council Health Committee on Sunday, according to the Fars news agency, an outlet linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

In Isfahan there are currently 1997 coronavirus patients hospitalized, of which 389 are in ICUs. During the past 24 hours 23 coronavirus patients have lost their lives, according to a Sunday report wired by the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

“In the past 24 hours 24 coronavirus patients have lost their lives and the total death count in this province stands at 3717,” said the dean of Alborz Medical Sciences University on Sunday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map