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Iran coronavirus update: More than 29,000 dead, officials question government figures

The novel coronavirus has taken the lives of at least 29,000 people across Iran
The novel coronavirus has taken the lives of at least 29,000 people across Iran

Reporting by PMOI/MEK  

Iran, April 15, 2020—Over 29,000 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 278 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, April 15. The official death count declared by the regime is 4,777, less than a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 4,700 in Tehran, 2,750 in Qom, 2,120 in Isfahan, 1,190 in Khuzestan, 1,030 in Golestan, 880 in East Azerbaijan, 775 in West Azerbaijan, 770 in Fars, 660 in Lorestan, 490 in Semnan, 470 in Markazi (Central), 170 in Bushehr, and 85 in Bushehr. This is in addition to the figures reported from other provinces.

Over 29,000 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 29,000 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

Despite the increasing number of COVID-19 deaths in Iran, regime President Hassan Rouhani continued his lies today. “There are no provinces or cities where a patient has sought medical care in a hospital and was turned away, or lack of empty hospital beds, or ICU sections being full in capacity,” he claimed on Wednesday.

“…there have been no such examples in the past three months for someone to go to a hospital only to be turned away for not being able to afford the cost of being hospitalized… everyone was insured and in some cases, very poor people were not asked to pay anything… the enemy has a lot of propaganda, claiming the government was in bad shape last year and is even worse today… it will be a good year… the black image they are portraying and seeking to terrify the people is all a lie and completely unfounded.”

All the while, regime officials, experts and state-run media are one after another questioning official stats and warning about the coronavirus crisis reaching new heights in Iran. “Based on the numbers that I have, in the best scenario 70 people, and in the worst scenario 100 people are dying on a daily of COVID-19 each day in Tehran,” said the head of the Iranian capitals’ City Council Health Committee. (State-run Sharq daily, April 15). Based on these statistics, the actual number of deaths in Tehran are between four to six thousand.


 

Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi said, “We can’t have an exact assessment of the real figures… what’s for sure is that the number cases we’ve discovered is not real… the real number of cases is higher. It’s definitely true that 800,000 people have contracted the virus and the number of deaths is several times higher than the official figures.”

Alireza Zali, the head of the Coronavirus Task Force said, “We haven’t even reached the peak yet. Due to the population of Tehran, it is natural that the statistics are incomparable to other places in the country. We consider Tehran as the epicenter of the virus.”

The report of the Center for Parliamentary Research about the coronavirus states, “We expect to experience this disease again in the cold season.” The report further states that the first and second waves of COVID-19 will likely overlap and estimates the number of deaths to be twice and cases to be 8-10 times the official figures.

A member of the Science Committee of Tehran Medical Sciences University said that the virus “started as a health threat but has developed into a social threat and will next become a security threat.”

 

 

“We have 80,000 COVID-19-positive cases but the real number of people who have contracted the virus is probably 5-10 times higher, or maybe more,” he said.

In other news, while the regime still dithers in paying the salaries of workers, state-run media revealed today that the International Monetary Fund has stated in its November 2019 report, “The total currency and gold reserves of Iran were valued at $85.5 billion at the end of 2019.” Of course, these figures do not account the hundreds of billions of dollars monopolized by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei.