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Iran coronavirus update: Over 42,800 deaths, over 2,000 new cases in one day

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 42,800 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 42,800 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, May 19, 2020—Over 42,800 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 319 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 Tuesday afternoon local time, May 19. The official death count declared by the regime is 7,119, less than a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 2,980 in Khuzestan, 2,640 in Mazandaran, 1,645 in Alborz, 1,210 in Lorestan, 1,035 in Fars, 790 in Kurdistan, 505 in North Khorasan, 503 in Zanjan, and 260 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 42,800 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 42,800 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Iranian regime Health Ministry spokesperson Kianush Jahanpour acknowledged on Tuesday, May 19, that 2,111 new cases have been registered in the past 24 hours alone and 2,698 COVID-19 patients are in ICU.

Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani continued his lies as usual. The government’s measures “in health and treatment, and implementing hygiene action plans, has led us to having no shortages in special hospital beds, and medical equipment and supplies,” he said on Tuesday. “Our production lines of coronavirus test kits, ventilators and N95 masks have provided for our domestic needs and we are now even capable of exporting these products…”

While Rouhani claimed the regime never used its security or military forces in the efforts against the novel coronavirus, the mullahs’ state police chief had specified on May 9, “The [internet] police will be taking firm and legal measures against individuals spreading rumors on social media, with over 1,300 pages identified and 320 individuals arrested in this regard.”

 

 

Ali Rabie, spokesperson of Rouhani’s cabinet claimed on Monday, “We rank third in the world behind China and Switzerland in regard to the number of COVID-19 patients treated and recovered… We have surpassed the control and management phase of this illness, and today we entered the phase to contain the virus.”

Alireza Zali, the head of the Coronavirus Task Force warned about the situation in Khuzestan repeating itself in other regions of the country and said, “We shouldn’t think that coronavirus has ended in Tehran—it is still present.” (Source: Mehr News Agency, May 19)

At the same time, Hossein Kermanpour, the president of public relations of the Medical Council acknowledged the death of 107 clinical staff members from COVID-19 while also stressing that this is but a part of the real statistics. “We are collecting the precise numbers from across the country to understand how many of the health care workers have contracted the virus and how many have lost their lives,” Fars News Agency quoted Kermanpour as saying on Tuesday.

The chief executive of the Imen Community Association declared, “The number of deaths from coronavirus is not proportionate with the number of new cases that are being reported every day. We must be transparent and honest with the people. How can the number of new deaths decline in the current situation? The declaration of white areas was fundamentally wrong.” (Source: Shafaqna website, May 19)

Dr. Mohammad Reza Mahboubfar, member of the Coronavirus Task Force, said, “In the summer and autumn of this year, we will witness a third and fourth wave of the virus, which will have more casualties and dire consequences. There’s no such thing as white area… Refraining from declaring the real numbers has resulted in the disease being dismissed by a large part of the society… I had predicted that the second wave would begin, and this is exactly what happened due to the lifting of restrictions… Government officials were more worried about social unrest and the economic consequences of the coronavirus outbreak… The government’s policy was herd contamination… this will fail and result in mass anxiety and fear among the population, and this time, there will be no means to control the society… Our country lost a considerable number of its health care workers to this disease and in this regard, we rank first across the globe.” (Source: Setareyeh Sobh, May 19)

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map