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Iran coronavirus update: Over 43,300 deaths, 10,000 medical staff members infected

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 43,300 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 43,300 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, May 21, 2020—Over 43,300 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 Thursday afternoon local time, May 21. The official death count declared by the regime is 7,249, less than a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 3,125 in Khuzestan, 3,060 in Razavi Khorasan, 1,520 in East Azerbaijan, 1,330 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 1,266 in Hamedan, 1,265 in Lorestan, and 815 in Kurdistan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 43,300 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 43,300 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

The vast proportions of the novel coronavirus crisis in Iran has been so catastrophic that the regime’s Deputy Health Minister acknowledged on Thursday, “Around 10,000 members of the country’s medical personnel have contracted COVID-19.” This clearly indicates that the regime’s official numbers of coronavirus deaths and cases are completely engineered and nothing but lies.

The number of new COVID-19 cases reported by the mullahs’ Health Ministry increases each passing day, with 2,392 new cases on Thursday. All the while, regime President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday spoke of “the process of the coronavirus deescalating and reaching the verge of containing the illness.” Rouhani even blamed the recent rise in coronavirus cases in a number of provinces on the people for “not abiding by instructions.”

Health minister Saeed Namaki raised concerns about new coronavirus spikes while trying to vindicate the regime and blame the people for the spread of the virus.

Fars News Agency quoted Eshaq Jahangiri, the regime’s first vice president, as saying, “There’s the possibility that the situation grows worse than it already is. Some doctors believe that starting in autumn, we will probably see a new wave of coronavirus infection. Thinking that the virus will be contained to the degree that things will return to their previous state is wrong.”



Contrary to the claims of regime president Hassan Rouhani, regime officials in different provinces have declared the situation as being critical.

In Lorestan, the deputy governor said, “The province is currently in an alarming state and in the past days, the situation in five counties of Khoramabad, Borujerd, Doroud, Azna, and Chegini has grown more critical.”

In Borujerd, the president of the health and sanitation network said, “Unfortunately, the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalized patients increases every day… We are managing this virus and we are not yet in the stage of controlling it.” (Source: IRNA, May 21)



The criticality of the situation has forced the regime to cancel its usual Quds Day masquerade. In this regard, the spokesperson of the health ministry said, “The usual Quds Day ceremony will not be held. What was planned as motor parades will also be canceled due to the problems it could cause.”

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map