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Iran coronavirus update: Over 40,000 dead, more cities reporting increase in new cases

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 40,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 40,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, May 08, 2020—Over 40,000 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 314 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 Friday afternoon local time, May 8. The official death count declared by the regime is 6,541, less than a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 6,690 in Tehran, 2,935 in Razavi Khorasan, 2,480 in Mazandaran, 2,470 in Isfahan, 2,055 in Khuzestan, 1,599 in Alborz, 1,030 in Lorestan, 535 in Markazi (Central), and 442 in North Khorasan.This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 40,000 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 40,000 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Despite these horrific numbers, the mullahs’ regime continues its secrecy in fear of major domestic and international outrage. Iranian regime Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said to the regime’s state IRIB TV on Thursday, “At least seven official entities are presenting different statistics showing dissimilar numbers of hospitalized patients and deaths… Instructions were issued for no other entity to publish statistics. The Health Ministry’s numbers are the official figures because there are many taking advantage of the status quo on social media and foreign outlets.”

Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi acknowledged the following in his interview with state TV on Thursday, “What we expected regarding a faster decrease in numbers has not materialized. In some provinces we are actually witnessing a significant rise in our stats.”



Head of the Razi Hospital in Ahvaz, southwest Iran, said to state TV, “As we speak, we have 50 patients hospitalized in our facility. Conditions are turning into a crisis.” The state TV report continued, “Razi Hospital is nearing its full capacity and the number of deaths has increased across the province, which is quite telling.” This adds to concerns of authorities taking control of hospitals.

Tasnim news agency, affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force, reported on Friday, “Reza Nejati, spokesperson of the Khuzestan COVID-19 Task Force warned that we may have to return to the quarantine measures imposed back in March and April. Most province officials believe businesses were reopened too soon… and this was a green light for a rise in numbers across Khuzestan.”

“The number of people going to medical centers complaining of coronavirus symptoms has increased dramatically. This increasing trend has unfortunately spread to the villages of Borujerd… some villages need to be quarantined. The village of Jafarabad has had many COVID-19 cases,” said Mohammad Kakavand, head of the Health and Hygiene Network in Borujerd, western Iran, on Thursday according to the state-run ISNA news agency.

“The number of positive cases is increasing in various parts of the city and new areas that had not been contaminated before are now reporting coronavirus cases,” said Hamid Jahangiri, head of the Health and Hygiene Network in Hajiabad of Hormozgan Province, southern Iran, on Friday according to ISNA news agency.



Ali Aghazdeh, the governor of Markazi, tweeted, “In the past 24 hours, 21 coronavirus cases have been added to the province. Fifteen of them are in Khandab county, which had been designated as a ‘white area’ by the Health Ministry! The Health Ministry has designated cities as white by its own volition and did not confer with the governorates. If we see a continuation in the increase of cases in the coming days, we’ll take more restrictive measures.”

Hedayatollah Jamalipour, the governor of Qazvin province, said, “Due to the concentration of the population, we were faced with a challenge in the cities of Qazvin and Takestan. The situation in Qazvin and Takestan is still red.”

Bahram Sarmast, the governor of Qom province, said, “According to the assessments of the Health Ministry and the Coronavirus Task Force, our situation in terms of in-patients is red.” (Source: Shabakeye Khabar, May 7)

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), stipulated that the rising trend of coronavirus cases in provinces such as Khuzestan, Lorestan, Markazi, and Hormozgan is due to the inhuman and corrupt policies of the mullahs’ regime. The mullahs’ only concern is the continuation of their tyrannical rule, Mrs. Rajavi said, and added that the mullahs have squandered the national wealth of the Iranian people on the terrorism, ballistic missiles, and waging war on neighboring countries. Despite the fact that regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei oversees hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of public assets, since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, his regime has made no significant contribution to helping solve the problems of the people.



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