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Iran coronavirus update: Over 40,700 deaths, second and third COVID-19 wave is not far

iran coronavirus news may 11
iran coronavirus news may 11

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, May 11, 2020—Over 40,700 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 316 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 Monday afternoon local time, May 11. The official death count declared by the regime is 6,685, less than a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 6,830 in Tehran, 2,950 in Razavi Khorasan, 2,260 in Khuzestan, 1,615 in Alborz, 1,261 in Golestan, 1,100 in Hamedan, 560 in Markazi (Central), and 280 in Ilam. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 40,700 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 40,700 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

“Tehran, Gilan, Semnan and Khuzestan are of the provinces that have witnessed an increasing number of cases these days,” said Dr. Massoud Mardani, a member of the COVID-19 Task Force HQ in Iran, on Monday according to the state-run Donyaye Eghtesad daily. “Unfortunately, the second wave of this epidemic in Khuzestan Province is far, far more intense than what was forecasted. This same fate awaits other provinces.”

 

 

“The number of coronavirus patients in Khuzestan have increased by 200 percent in the past month… and the number of those hospitalized have increased by 60 percent… this crisis is intensifying in city outskirts… quarantine measures will continue if necessary,” said Khuzestan Governor Gholamreza Shariati on Monday, according to the state-run Entekhab daily.

“Dezful is the main COVID-19 epicenter… however, there are continuous delays in the construction of a hospital in this area,” said Abbas Papizadeh, a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) from Dezful on Sunday, according to the state-run Radio Farhang.

“Coronavirus stats in Kermanshah is increasing on a daily basis,” said Sara Shahabadi, deputy dean of Kermanshah Medical Sciences University on Monday, according to the Fars news agency, affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

“Based on figures reported by the Mazandaran Medical Sciences University during the past 24 hours there have been 68 new coronavirus cases hospitalized… the second and third COVID-19 wave is not far,” said Dr. Enayati, a medical specialist, according to a report wired on Monday by the state-run ISNA news agency.

All the while, regime experts are going the distance to blame the Iranian people for the new rise in coronavirus cases. Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi said on Monday, “In Khuzestan Province, people not abiding by the protocols led to our decision to once again take a step back… This may take place for other cities and provinces,” according to state TV IRIB.

On the other hand, Ali Maher, deputy chair of the Tehran COVID-19 Task Force said, “The numbers in many cities are returning to the peak… However, the hygiene protocols probably cannot be implemented. These measures are not implementable in urban areas, such as metros.” His remarks on Monday were published by the state-run Hamshahri daily.

In such circumstances, the state-run Sharq daily wrote, “It is forecasted that as a result of the coronavirus 2.8 to 6.4 million people have lost their jobs, of which 70 percent have no insurance coverage… Workers and those with daily jobs are the most devastated. Most of them have been forced under the poverty line. If there is no effective support in this regard, the unemployment and poverty crises will render even more calamities.”

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map