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Iran coronavirus update: Over 37,600 dead, regime institutions refrain from reporting deaths

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 37,600 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 37,600 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, April 30, 2020—Over 37,600 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 308 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, April 30. The official death count declared by the regime is 6,028, less than a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 6,330 in Tehran, 2,345 in Mazandaran, 1,810 in Khuzestan, 1,220 in Golestan, 975 in Fars, 940 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 875 in Lorestan, 865 in Semnan, 625 in Kurdistan, 485 in Zanjan, and 425 in Kerman. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.


Over 37,600 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 37,600 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani, despite the requests of Tehran’s City Council, continues to refrain from announcing the COVID-19 stats from each province separately. “Most of the hospital beds are empty,” he said on Thursday. “Our numbers in comparison to other countries show that our success has been significant… The circumstances of those infected, the number of patients hospitalized, recovered and the number of people who have died have been pretty well,” Rouhani added.

All the while, the regime’s Health Minister Saeed Namaki said in an interview with the official website of Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, “Some people think we have a high number of hospital beds. We have 1.6 beds for every one thousand people. The lowest ranking European countries have five times this amount. The lowest ratio of nurses to beds in Europe and the U.S. are two or three times our numbers.”

On the other hand, regime officials in various provinces are signaling a rise in the number of coronavirus cases and warning of a second or third wave following the decision to send millions of people back to their jobs.

In Babol, northern Iran, Dr. Farzad Jalali, dean of the local Medical Sciences University, voiced concerns. “The novel coronavirus has once again regained strength in this city and the number of people contracting the illness and being hospitalized has risen. Currently, we have 109 COVID-19 patients under ICU,” he said on Thursday according to the state-run Khabar-e Dagh website.

In the city of Birjand, eastern Iran, Dr. Mehdizadeh, deputy dean of the South Khorasan Medical Sciences University had more alarming comments. “We are witnessing an increasing trend of coronavirus numbers in our province. These we are seeing a double-digit number of people being infected on a daily basis,” he said on Tuesday, according to the state-run Mehr news agency, an outlet affiliated to the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

In Tehran, physicians are saying to this day 1,400 people have died of COVID-19 in just four of the 138 public and private hospitals across the country’s capital. There are at least 750 patients in Yaft Abad Hospital, at least 450 in Khomeini Hospital, at least 120 in Sina Hospital and 80 in A’lam Hospital.

According to the state-run Khabar Online news website, 300 employees of the Tehran municipality have contracted coronavirus. According to Nahid Khodakarami, president of the Tehran Council Health Committee, many of the workers of the municipality had to come to work while the virus was spreading. Another sector where the spread of the virus has been expansive is public transportation. Many of Tehran’s metro workers have contracted COVID-19.

According to the Hamshahri website, Mohammad Javad Haghshenash, member of the Tehran City Council has said, “In the past two months, we have buried 13,000 people in Tehran’s Behesht-e Zahra cemetery.” Haghshenas refrained from declaring how many of the deceased had died from COVID-19. According to Hamshahri: “Haghshenas said he would not opine on how many of these numbers were related to coronavirus, not because he didn’t have the figures but because the Coronavirus Task Force has to declare them.”

Hamshahri further said that the Behesht-e Zahra Organization has stopped reporting burial figures in the past two months and refuses to provide precise information. “In a strange development, the National Organization for Civil Registration has stopped reported deaths since winter, and the organization’s website is still inactive as of this writing,” Hamshahri wrote.