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Iran coronavirus update: Over 44,000 deaths, state-media warn of spike in COVID-19 cases

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 44,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 44,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, May 24, 2020—Over 44,000 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 320 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 Sunday afternoon local time, May 24. The official death count declared by the regime is 7,417, less than a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 3,435 in Qom, 3,325 in Khuzestan, 1,556 in East Azerbaijan, 1,385 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 1,330 in Lorestan, 512 in North Khorasan, and 510 in Zanjan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 44,000 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 44,000 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

The number of COVID-19 deaths in Tehran has reached at least 7,100. More than 240 coronavirus patients have died in the Iranian capital’s Shohadaye Tajrish Hospital and at least 60 other such patients have died in Kashani Hospital. Prior to this, Ali Maher, a member of Tehran’s COVID-19 Task Force said coronavirus patients have been hospitalized in 138 state and private hospitals, according to the state-run Iran newspaper.

The number of people seeking medical care and the number of coronavirus patients being hospitalized in the Shohadaye Tajrish Hospital—that decreased during the period between April 20 and May 20—have once again began to increase. An average of 30 patients were hospitalized each day in this facility during the abovementioned time frame. Now this number has reached 65.



Conditions have also been deteriorating in the city of Isfahan, central Iran. “The city of Isfahan is designated as a red area and the number of people testing positive outside of hospitals is increasing. These statistics should be an alarm bell for us,” said the dean of Isfahan Medical Sciences University on Sunday, May 24, according to the state-run Tasnim news agency.

The spokesperson of Isfahan Medical Sciences University said centers under their supervision “currently have 112 critical patients in our ICU sections.”

On Saturday, Fars News Agency quoted the governor of Borujerd as saying, “The previous day, 235 people referred to medical centers with coronavirus symptoms, and one person has died of the disease.”

On Sunday, the official IRNA news agency quoted Akbar Behnamjoo, the governor of Ardebil province, as saying, “Coronavirus infection in this province is on the rise. Since April 1, there was a downward trend, but in the past three days it has been on the rise again.”

The deputy governor of Sistan and Baluchistan and the mayor of Chabahar said, “The rising trend of coronavirus infection has pushed this county into a red situation… In previous days, we have been in a more critical situation.”

IRIB, the regime’s official broadcasting organization, aired a report today, in which it acknowledged that in the first ten days of Ordibehesht, the Iranian calendar’s second month (April 20-April 30), the number of coronavirus cases has increased by 1.32 percent. In the next ten days, the increase has been 1.40 percent, and in final ten days of the month, the increase rate has been 1.48 percent.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map