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Iran coronavirus update: Over 424,900 deaths, experts say regime’s stats are minimized

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 424,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 424,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, September 15, 2021—Over 424,900 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 547 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 Wednesday afternoon local time, September 15. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 115,619 around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 99,816 in Tehran, 34,075 in Razavi Khorasan, 28,060 in Isfahan, 26,051 in Khuzestan, 15,249 in Fars, 15,143 in East Azerbaijan, 14,978 in West aAzerbaijan, 14,780 in Gilan, 14,425 in Lorestan, 12,423 in Alborz, 12,215 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 11,720 in Qom, 11,162 in Kerman, 8073 in Hamedan, 7828 in Markazi (Central), 7429 in Kermanshah, 6662 in Kurdistan, 5960 in Semnan, 5514 in North Khorasan, 5380 in Ardabil, and 3756 in South Khorasan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

The regime’s Health Ministry announced the mullahs’ engineered Covid-19 numbers from the past 24 hours on Wednesday as 452 deaths and 19,731 new cases. Furthermore, 7054 patients are in ICUs and 3016 of the new cases have been hospitalized.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 424,900 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 424,900 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

“We can never validate precise and true stats. Since a large number of people are dying of coronavirus, and due to false negative PCR test results, people refusing to go to hospitals, and even lacking adequate identification documents, along with other reasons that are registered in their death certificates, they are not included in the daily Covid-19 death stats. Despite all this, most certainly the true stats are far higher than the numbers provided by the Health Ministry. However, I don’t have documented evidence to back my remarks,” said the head of Tehran’s Lavasani Hospital on Wednesday. “Currently those living in the outskirts of major cities and nationals of other countries living in Iran who lack proper IDs, many of these people are not willing to seek medical care in hospitals. For this very reason these people are dying of coronavirus in the shadows, and logically their names are not included in official stats. Therefore, the true numbers of [coronavirus] deaths are twice those officially declared by the Health Ministry,” this official added, according to the state-run Salamat News outlet.

 

 

“Most certainly the true number of coronavirus deaths is higher than the stats announced by the Health Ministry. In fact, some time ago a former deputy health minister said the true numbers are twice those announced by the Health Ministry, and a few days later members of the Health Ministry announced the true numbers at 250 percent higher. The actual numbers are four times higher, and of course, four times higher is nothing unexpected considering the status quo,” said a specialist in Tehran’s Masih Daneshvari Hospital on Wednesday, according to the state-run Jahan-e San’at newspaper.

“Deaths that are announced as confirmed Covid-19 deaths are those patients who have positive PCR tests. Therefore, neither the death count nor the number of cases are true,” said a professor of epidemiology in Tehran Medical Sciences University on Wednesday. “We see this in the Census Organization’s report where the number of deaths from March 2020 to March 2021 have risen far more than the confirmed official coronavirus deaths. This can be seen by visiting the official Census Organization’s website,” he added, according to the state-run Jahan-e San’at newspaper.

 

 

“During the past 24 hours we have lost 20 coronavirus patients in [Kermanshah] province. This is unprecedented in the new wave. Furthermore, we have hospitalized 264 new patients in the past 24 hours, and the total number of patients hospitalized currently stands at 1433, of which 226 are in ICUs,” according to a statement released on Wednesday by the Kermanshah Medical Sciences University.

In West Azerbaijan province the total number of people hospitalized stands at 2213, of which 328 are in ICUs and 74 under ventilators. During the past 24 hours 28 coronavirus patients have lost their lives, according to a Wednesday report wired by the regime’s official IRIB news agency.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map