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Iran coronavirus update: Over 44,500 deaths, many provinces designated “red”

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 44,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 44,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, May 26, 2020—Over 44,500 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 323 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 26. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 7,508, less than a fifth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 3,435 in Khuzestan, 2,695 in Mazandaran, 1,595 in East Azerbaijan, 1,380 in Lorestan, 1,265 in West Azerbaijan, 1,045 in Kermanshah, and 702 in Yazd. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 44,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 44,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

“The spread of coronavirus in Khuzestan Province has been rising recently,” said the health director of the city of Mahshahr on Monday, May 25, according to the official ILNA news agency. “During the past few days the hospitals of this city have been full in capacity. Once again, the oil industry hospital of another district has been allocated to COVID-19 patients… We don’t have enough hospital beds, especially for the long run… Unfortunately, many of our medical staff have contracted the coronavirus and have been forced to be quarantined… I emphasize that there are no replacements for our medical staff,” he continued.


“In the past five days we have been witnessing an increase in the number of coronavirus cases and those hospitalized for this illness,” said the dean of West Azerbaijan Medical Sciences University on Tuesday, according to the state-run Mehr news agency. “We have had six deaths in Mahabad in the past few days… Currently, Mahabad and nine other cities in West Azerbaijan Province are designated as status red areas,” he added.

“Neglect by some individuals resulted in an increase in the number of COVID-19 patients in the past 24 hours,” said the head of the Bushehr Coronavirus Task Force on Monday. Bushehr is a city in southern Iran.

In Lorestan, western Iran, “officials continue to designate the province as status red and not allowing any travelers into the province,” according to the state-run Iran daily on Tuesday.

“Various cities in the province have been witnessing an increasing number of suspicious cases of individuals with mild COVID-19 symptoms,” said the deputy dean of Yazd Medical Sciences University on Tuesday, according to the regime’s IRIB news agency.

“At least 70 members of the Mashhad Medical Apparatus Organization have contracted the coronavirus from February to this day,” said the deputy dean of Mashhad Medical Sciences University in Razavi Khorasan Province on Monday, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency. “In addition to these individuals, a high number of nurses have contracted the virus and their numbers will be announced by the Nurses Apparatus Organization,” he added.


“We should not rush into announcing a victory in the fight against the coronavirus,” read a piece in the state-run Sharq daily on Tuesday. “Contradictions in our officials’ remarks, changing previous decisions or wrong forecasting are signs of not having a transparent and specified strategy to fight COVID-19. Our government officials had said the coronavirus would be contained by mid-May,” the piece adds.

All the while, concerns over a new round of nationwide uprisings and popular unrest are seen in remarks made by regime officials and posts published in state-run media. Iranian regime Oil Minister Bizhan Zanganeh said on Monday, “The country’s current circumstances are far worse than the eight-year [Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s]. The difference is that the dead and wounded are not very tangible and can be left unconsidered…”



Aftab-e Yazd, another state-run newspaper, wrote, “The polarization of wealth in the society is dangerous. We must think hard about balancing the wealth in society.”

Mostaghel wrote, “The bloody November of 2019… caused a large part of the society to refrain from voting in the [parliamentary] elections… The 60 percent of the population who didn’t vote have no interest in the upcoming [presidential] elections and are unsatisfied about the status quo… The greatest and most tangible opponents are the poor and the unemployed.”

Etemad Online quoted Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, the president of the Azadsazan Association, as saying, “This hatred is concentrating… We can’t do wrong things all the time and ask the people to bear… The Shah’s mansion is nothing compared to what these people are building. One day, the poor will set fire to these buildings.”

Resalat Daily warned about the poor management in Ahvaz and the ensuing protests by the locals and wrote, “There’s only need for a simple excuse, then the match will set fire to the powder keg and everything will come to an end.”

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