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Iran coronavirus update: Over 40,500 deaths, inmates & child workers in grave danger

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 40,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 40,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, May 10, 2020—Over 40,500 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 315 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, May 10. The official death count declared by the regime is 6,640, less than a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 6,790 in Tehran, 2,720 in Gilan, 2,165 in Khuzestan, 1,230 in West Azerbaijan, 1070 in Lorestan, 1065 in Hamedan, 975 in Kermanshah, 925 in Semnan and 446 in Kerman. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

 

Over 40,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 40,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei attended today’s session of the National Committee on Combating Coronavirus via video conference, resorting to whitewashing his regime’s crimes and claiming to have made major accomplishments in combating COVID-19 “while the West has failed.”

Khamenei did not refer to the number of coronavirus victims and went on to say he hoped “Iranian youths can obtain the vaccine for the coronavirus as soon as possible.” It is worth noting that Reuters reported on May 8: “Hackers linked to Iran have targeted staff at U.S. drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc in recent weeks, according to publicly-available web archives reviewed by Reuters and three cybersecurity researchers, as the company races to deploy a treatment for the COVID-19 virus.”

 

Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani, however, acknowledged the atrocious conditions in one of the regime’s prisons. “In one of our prisons, 100 of the 120 inmates tested positive for COVID-19 after just one host entered the facility.”

Iranian regime Health Minister Saeid Namaki also raised concerns today. “In the fall the coinciding wave of coronavirus and influenza cases may catch us off guard. We must wait another four to six months in order to see more realistic behavior from the virus,” he said, according to state-run news agencies. “The numbers that we announce are the most accurate, organized and scientific type of numbers presented in the world! There is not even a ten percent difference between the Health Ministry’s numbers and those on the ground,” Namaki claimed.

Ali Maher, deputy of planning in Tehran’s COVID-19 Task Force HQ warned on Sunday “about the increasing COVID-19 trend cases in various cities, including the capital” and “a new peak of deaths in the next few weeks.” “The stats in many cities are returning to the peak… it appears that we need to head towards strict quarantine circumstances,” he added, according to the state-run Hamshahri Online website.

Gholamreza Shariaty, Governor of Khuzestan Province in southwest Iran, listed the cities and towns considered “red” areas. “The cities of Bavey, Howeizeh, Ahvaz, Hamidiyeh, Handijan, Dezful, Shushtar, Karun and Masjid Soleiman are red cities and will be quarantined until the end of the week,” according to a reported wired on Sunday by the state-run ISNA news agency.

“In addition to the novel coronavirus, we are also facing the virus of skyrocketing prices,” said Amir Khojasteh, a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament), to the state-run Aftab Yazd daily on Sunday. “The government is not taking serious actions,” he added on Sunday. “The recent rise in prices has decreased the people’s purchasing powers and their meals are becoming smaller by the day.”

The state-run Mostaghel daily wrote on Sunday, “There are 14,000 people searching the trash in Tehran these days, of which 4,600 are minors. There are half a million labor children in Iran. If they don’t work, their lives will be in grave danger. Although the pre-coronavirus period was full of dangers for these child workers, searching the trash now means they will be facing death more than ever before. This is an alarm bell for all segments of our society and the government.”

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map