Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, May 15, 2020—Over 41,700 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 318 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 15. The official death count declared by the regime is 6,902, less than a sixth of the actual figure.
The death toll in various provinces include: 6,930 in Tehran, 2,590 in Mazandaran, 2,475 in Khuzestan, 1,230 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 1,025 in Fars, 990 in Kermanshah, 495 in Zanjan, 470 in North Khorasan, and 182 in Hormozagan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.
Over 41,700 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran
By returning people to work through orders issued by Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and mullahs’ President Hassan Rouhani, coronavirus cases have witnessed a new increase in the past two weeks and broadened the already catastrophic scope of the COVID-19 crisis. Kianush Jahanpour, spokesperson of the regime’s Health Ministry, reported 2,102 new cases in the past 24 hours. This is the highest number of a 24-hour span during the past 40 days.
“The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Khuzestan Province have increased by 60 percent while the number of coronavirus cases who are not hospitalized have increased by around threefold,” said the governor of Khuzestan Province on Friday, according to the state-run Borna news agency.
“Conditions in Khuzestan are very critical regarding the number of coronavirus cases,” said Ghasem Saedi, a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) representing the city of Dashte Azadegan in Khuzestan Province, according to a report wired on Thursday by the Fars news agency, affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). “Unfortunately, the Health Ministry has only provided promises in their support for Khuzestan Province and we have yet to see any practical measures by the Ministry. We don’t have the textile to make new masks and the government is not providing us any textile either,” he added.
The Mehr news agency, affiliated to the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security, wrote on Friday, “Khuzestan rose from the bottom of the table to second place today in regard to the coronavirus epidemic. It seems they are taking a long step to reach the first place… water shortages in Khuzestan Province have added insult to injury…”
These catastrophic conditions continue also in other provinces parallel to Khuzestan. “We only have 23 hospital beds and we don’t have much of the necessary equipment and supplies,” said Mahmoudreza Ma’mouri, governor of the town of Maneh & Samalqan in North Khorasan Province, northeast Iran, according to the Fars news agency on Friday. “More than one third, meaning 24 of our staff in Poursina Hospital, have contracted the virus… One of our main dilemmas is the lack of adequate medical centers for this issue,” he added.
Ruhollah Hosseinpour, governor of the town of Raz & Jargolan, also in North Khorasan Province, said there are no hospitals in this town. Massoud Sadegh, the governor or Faruj, said “a significant number of municipal workers have contracted COVID-19” and seven members of a village family are ill with the virus,” according to a report wired by the Fars news agency on Friday.
“The dean of Mazandaran Medical Sciences University reported of the hospitalization of 70 new coronavirus patients,” according to Tasnim News Agency, run by the IRGC Quds Force. Tasnim also acknowledged that due to expenses, the people of these regions have no other choice than to go back to work and accept the risks of contracting coronavirus.
The governor of Lorestan province said, “In the past few days, the number of coronavirus cases has increased.” And the dean of the province's medical sciences university said, “In the past 24 hours, 110 people have been added to coronavirus patients in Lorestan.” (Source: Mehr News Agency, May 14)
The dean of Ardebil Medical Sciences University said, “From a coronavirus spread standpoint, this province is still in red status,” according to the state-run IRNA news agency.
“After the reopening of businesses… the number of coronavirus cases in Hormozgan has increase and in the past week, an average 60 cases were added daily. The situation will become more worrying when schools reopen and the teachers and principals are forced to show up in schools… Making the presence of students in classes optional will not reduce the threat of the spread of coronavirus,” according to Tasnim.
Meanwhile, terrified of the possibility of mass protests, the Iranian regime is resorting to the mass arrest of students, youth, former political prisoners and MEK supporters, and is giving heavy sentences to political prisoners.
Following a call made by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), human rights organizations and activists, as well as parliamentarians, have engaged in an international campaign, calling for the release of students and activists arrested by the Iranian regime.
Mrs. Rajavi called on the UN Secretary General, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur for the Human Rights Situation in Iran, and other rapporteurs to dispatch a fact-finding mission to Iran to inspect the prisons and meet the political prisoners.
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