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Iran coronavirus update: Over 35,800 dead, Rouhani claims “corona-free” areas

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 35,800 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 35,800 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK   

Iran, April 26, 2020—Over 35,800 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 298 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, April 26. The official death count declared by the regime is 5,710, nearly a seventh of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 5,950 in Tehran, 2,860 in Razavi Khorasan, 2,590 in Gilan, 2,350 in Isfahan, 2,305 in Gilan, 1,450 in East Azerbaijan, 750 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 670 in Ardabil, and 530 in Yazd. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 35,800 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 35,800 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani made preposterous remarks on Sunday. “We don’t know when coronavirus will end and… nearly all the weight is on the people’s own shoulders,” he said. “In the 127 coronavirus-free areas that the Health Ministry has designated, when this ministry officially said they can open the mosques, religious sites and places where people worship at halfway through Ramadan (early May), all specific protocols must be abided by.”

As a result, the mullahs’ regime intends to reestablish its so-called religious gatherings and take full political and financial advantage of mosques and other religious sites, all at the price of the novel coronavirus further spreading among the innocent people.

Rouhani talks about 127 coronavirus-free areas when the regime’s COVID-19 Task Force HQ Epidemiology Committee has highlighted in its latest report: The provinces of “Semnan, Yazd, Qom, Qazvin, Markazi (Central), East Azerbaijan, Tehran, Alborz, Isfahan and Zanjan are among the provinces where the virus has spread in high numbers. In this group of provinces, Semnan, Markazi and Qom are witnessing an increasing trend… In this report the provinces of Mazandaran, Ardabil, Lorestan, Ilam, North Khorasan, Gilan, Kurdistan, South Khorasan, West Azerbaijan and Golestan are areas of moderate spread. In this second group, the provinces of Ardabil and Gilan have experiences an increasing trend… The provinces of Golestan and North Khorasan there are signs of a new peak… The provinces of Markazi and Zanjan have experienced a 20 percent increase in deaths. The provinces of Markazi and Semnan are reporting a 25 percent more cases… Ilam and Mazandaran are witnessing the highest changes in deaths, meaning around 60 percent. Gilan Province has witnessed a 25 percent increase in new deaths and cases…” (Source: State-run Hamshahri daily—April 26, 2020)

Based on this report from the regime’s own entities, there are literally no coronavirus-free areas in the country. Rouhani has defined coronavirus-free areas as “no new cases in a hospital for a week, no deaths and an increase in those who have healed, and this trend is repeated for a second week, the Health Ministry announces that are as ‘coronavirus-free.’” There are literally no limits to this devious mullah’s lies.

“We have yet to surpass the peak of this illness and the COVID-19 Task Force HQ’s decision (to lift restrictions) does not mean we have reached the peak of this illness,” said Ali Nobakht, chair of the Health Committee in the regime’s Majlis (parliament), on Sunday, according to Fartak News.

“Stats indicate that the number of coronavirus patients have increased in our hospitals and there are concerns that with a decrease in social distancing regulations there will be an increase in victims. People returning to low-risk jobs has increased concerns over a second wave of this illness,” according to a piece published in the state-run Resalat-e Emruz daily.

“The Iranian government, due to its refusal to impose quarantine measures and necessary social restrictions, is now behind many countries. Whereas the very moment this illness was identified there should have been planning for quarantine measures and restrictions imposed to confront and control the virus. Unfortunately, due to political reasons these special restrictions were not imposed,” said Mohammad Reza Mahboubfar, a member of the regime’s COVID-19 Task Force HQ, on Sunday, according to the state-run Setareyeh Sobh daily. “The numbers are not in line with facts and the number of cases and deaths are more. Unfortunately, in the death certificates of many individuals suffering from coronavirus the reason of death is stated as other illnesses in order to keep a lid on the number of COVID-19 deaths… In line with the second and third coronavirus waves in the coming weeks, the government will be forced to impose more restrictions.”

There are also warnings about the Iranian regime in its entirety crumbling. The state-run Eghtesad daily wrote in an article, “Parallel to an increase in Iran’s military power, its economic power has not failed to increase, it has actually weakened with each passing day. High unemployment, widespread corruption, poor job conditions, a government lacking economic stability, have all for years been the definition of our economy. The brouhaha over various slogans, such as jihadi management, resiliant economy, handing over the ranks to young revolutionaries… have to this day resolved no issues for our ill economy. Today, Iran’s economy is tantamount to that of the Soviet Union prior to its crumbling. To this day no country has been able to build an army able to confront the army of poverty and utter despair.”

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map