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Iran coronavirus update: Over 308,600 deaths, even regime officials criticize vaccination effort

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 308,600 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 308,600 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, June 9, 2021—Over 308,600 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 547 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, June 9. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 81,519, around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 72,306 in Tehran, 20,670 in Isfahan, 19,314 in Khuzestan, 18,745 in Razavi Khorasan, 12,678 in East Azerbaijan, 12,306 in Lorestan, 11,643 in West Azerbaijan, 10292 in Fars, 8783 in Alborz, 6008 in Kermanshah, 5225 in Semnan, 4418 in North Khorasan, 4010 in Hormzgan, 3569 in Qazvin, 3380 in Zanjan, and 2846 in South Khorasan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 308,600 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 308,600 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

While the vaccination process in Iran has end in sight, Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi lashed out at those criticizing the regime’s failures. “Most of the tweets that are against the Iranian vaccine are from Albania. It is our duty to produce, distribute and support the indigenous vaccine and our vaccination process,” he said on Wednesday, according to the Tasnim news agency, an outlet linked to the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

Mohsen Mehralizadeh, a candidate in the regime’s sham presidential election, criticized the regime’s vaccination effort on Wednesday. “Unfortunately, the government has failed when it comes to Covid-19. If the Health Minister had taken action on time, imported vaccines on time, and correctly activated the private sector, we would not be where we are today in regards to coronavirus. The coronavirus vaccine costs a maximum of $10, meaning around 2 million rials (in Iranian currency). I have said this time and again that if the Health Ministry would end its mafia measures and allowed the import of vaccines even at such prices, today a large group of our people would have been vaccinated,” he said, according to the state-run Doniyaye Eghtesad daily.

Amir Hossein Ghazizadeh-Hashemi, another candidate in the regime’s sham presidential election, took his jab at this topic. “The coronavirus death toll is unjustifiable… You saw recently that an individual in Clubhouse said they could have imported 18 million doses of the vaccine, but the government did not comply. 18 million doses means an 80 percent decrease in the country’s death toll… We had this opportunity to import vaccine doses and vaccinate all those groups in danger…” he said on Tuesday, according to state TV.

“In the fourth peak we had the highest number of people hospitalized. The fourth peak has yet to reach its lowest point, and in general one cannot forecast the end of a peak,” said the deputy dean of Tehran Medical Sciences University on Wednesday, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

“One of the reasons behind the slow vaccination process is that a large number of people have been vaccinated without having their names registered and far ahead of their turn. Vaccination outside the official agenda has resulted in the vaccine portion of various announced groups to finish up early,” said the deputy dean of Gilan Medical Sciences University on Wednesday. “In the middle of all this locals who had been properly registered held protests in this regard,” this official added, according to the Mehr news agency.

Spokesperson of the Yazd Medical Sciences University said on Wednesday that the number of people being hospitalized for coronavirus is on the rise and warned of a fifth peak. “The number of those hospitalized for coronavirus in provinces across the province is steadily increasing in comparison to last week,” he added, according to the regime’s official IRIB news agency.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map