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Iran coronavirus update: Over 43,600 deaths, Khuzestan remains “red zone”

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 43,600 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 43,600 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, May 22, 2020—Over 43,600 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 Friday afternoon local time, May 22. The official death count declared by the regime is 7,300, less than a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 7,090 in Tehran, 3,195 in Khuzestan, 1,545 in East Azerbaijan, 1,290 in Lorestan, 606 in Markazi, 525 in Kerman, and 287 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces. Physicians are reporting that over 220 coronavirus patients have died in Tehran’s Labafinezhad Hospital alone.

Over 43,600 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 43,600 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

“Khuzestan Province remains a red zone,” said Kianush Jahanpour, spokesperson of the regime’s Health Ministry, according to a report wired on Friday by the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

The spokesperson of the Jondishapour Medical Sciences University in Khuzestan called on locals to only leave their homes for completely necessary matters and refrain from seeing friends and relatives during the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holidays, according to a Friday report by the Fars news agency.


In Tehran, the head of the Iranian capital’s COVID-19 Task Force HQ said to the state-run Asr-e Iran daily on Friday, “We have yet to witness evidence of the virus weakening. One cannot mercilessly place people in danger. Although we are witnessing a decreasing number of deaths, this is a very fragile situation… The social, cultural, and economic impact of the novel coronavirus is far more significant than the biological effect. The globalized characteristic of this virus makes confronting its destructive nature far more difficult.”

In Bushehr, southern Iran, the dean of this province’s Medical Sciences University expressed concerns over a new wave of COVID-19 cases. “We call on store-owners to close their shops from Friday until after the Eid al-Fitr holidays to prevent the coronavirus spread,” he said on Thursday according to the Fars news agency.

The situation in Sistan & Baluchistan Province, southeast Iran, is being described as a crisis. “Following the rise in coronavirus cases in the cities of Iranshahr and Chabahar, these two areas are now classified as ‘red zones.’ Shopping centers and units providing various services across the Chabahar free zone will be closed from Friday until further notice,” said the dean of the Iranshahr Medical Sciences University on Friday, according to the Tasnim news agency.

Fars News Agency quoted the governor of Khash as saying, “The situation of the county is not normal… Due to the increase in the number of coronavirus cases, the Khash bazaar will be shut down for a week with the exception of important businesses that provide vital needs.”

In Ilam province, the head of the Helilan health network said, “Coronavirus infection in this county is increasing and we must break the chain of the spread of the virus in the population.” (Source: Javan News Agency, May 22)

In Yazd province, the president of the Imam Jafar Sadegh hospital in Maybod county said, “Due to lack of social distancing, the number of coronavirus cases is growing.” (Source: IRIB, May 21)

In Eastern Azerbaijan, the head of the Coronavirus Task Force in Bonab said, “The spread of the virus has become worse. If we don’t take measures, the next days will see a greater spread of the virus.” (Source: Fars News Agency, May 21)

In Razavi Khorasan, the head of the Mashhad Medical Science University public relations said, “Given the red situation in Mashhad, we recommend for people to avoid traveling to Mashhad during the Eid al-Fitr holidays.” (Source: Mehr News Agency, May 21)

An MP from Bandar Abbas complained about the “lack of hospital beds in Hormozgan province” and said, “The people of these two counties are still waiting for the launch of the medical center.” (Source: Khaneyeh Melat news website, May 21)

While people across the country are dealing with the coronavirus outbreak, the head of trade and mining in Mazandaran declared, “The price of different kinds of bread has increased by 25-30 percent and this policy will be enforced across the province from May 21.”



Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), stressed that increasing the price of gasoline and bread for the hardworking sectors of the population during the coronavirus outbreak is the flipside of the coin of spending $30 billion in Syria to keep the country’s dictator in power.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map