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Iran coronavirus update: Over 44,800 deaths, at least 7,300 in Tehran alone

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 44,800 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 44,800 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, May 27, 2020—Over 44,800 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 Wednesday afternoon local time, May 27. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 7,564, around a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 3,495 in Khuzestan, 3,470 in Qom, 1,610 in East Azerbaijan, 1,420 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 1,405 in Lorestan, and 1,280 in West Azerbaijan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 44,800 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 44,800 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

In Tehran, the number of COVID-19 victims is most definitely higher than 7,300. From February 20 to May 25, a total of 52,570 coronavirus patients sought medical aid in five of Tehran Province’s 138 hospitals that accept COVID-19 patients. Of these 1,501 lost their lives in just these five hospitals:

-Imam Hossein Hospital with 25,000 coronavirus patients has had 779 deaths

-Shohadaye Gomnan Meydan Khorasan Hospital with 11,750 coronavirus patients has had 291 deaths

-Modares Hospital with 11,650 coronavirus patients has had 251 deaths

-Taleghani Hospital with 1,170 coronavirus patients has had 85 deaths

-Sajjad Hospital in the city of Shahriar, near Tehran, with 3,000 coronavirus patients and at least 95 deaths

These horrific COVID-19 victims in Tehran are reported while the provincial governor said on Tuesday, May 26, that “the average death rate across the country is 8.5 percent and Tehran Province stands at 3.5 percent,” according to the state-run ILNA news agency.

 

At a time when many regime officials are publicly saying the country is suffering from a shortage in hospital beds, medical staff, and medical supplies, Iranian regime president Hassan Rouhani once again resorted to more lies on Wednesday. “Regarding the novel coronavirus, Iran is among the successful countries in addressing this dangerous virus… At a time of this global virus, we have no concerns about shortages in hospital beds, special ICU beds, or ventilators,” Rouhani said.

On Tuesday, the deputy dean of Dezful Medical Sciences University referred to 60 medical staff members in this city contracting COVID-19. “The medical staff are under severe pressure. After Ahvaz, the city of Dezful has the highest number of coronavirus cases in Khuzestan Province,” according to the state-run Mehr news agency.

In Khuzestan, Alireza Afshar, the special representative of the health ministry stressed that the reopening of public centers and markets and the people’s return to work are the main reasons for the resurgence of coronavirus infection. The official Iran newspaper quoted Afshar as saying, “After April 23, we noticed a sudden surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the province. Since the beginning of May, the growth of infection in Khuzestan has been so intense that the province is only second to Tehran in this respect.”

In Qom, the dean of the Medical Sciences University said, “We are in the stage of managing the virus, but we haven’t contained it yet.” (Source: Fars News Agency, May 27)

 

 

According to the official IRNA news agency, Massoud Mardani, a member of the National Committee for Contagious Diseases in the health ministry, stated that 12 percent of coronavirus patients in hospitals and 50 percent of those who are taken to the ICUs die of the virus.

In Mashhad, the public relations manager of the Medical Sciences University said, “Mashhad is again in a red status with respect to the spread of the coronavirus. This is happening while Mashhad was nearing white status, but since yesterday, it has returned to red status.” (Source: Sharq, May 26)

In Bandar Abbas, the dean of the Medical Sciences University said, “If the current spread of the virus continues in Hormozgan, we might have to close some facilities. There are currently 28 patients in the ICU.” (Source: ISNA, May 27)

IRNA quoted one of the members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Tehran as saying, “Presently, the COVID-19 epidemic in 10 provinces is on the rise, the reopening of risky businesses… was a dangerous undertaking and is not defensible.”

While regime officials and experts are warning about the spread of coronavirus in Bushehr province, the commander of the state security forces in the province reported increased measures to keep the lid on the scale of the disaster. Fars News Agency quoted him as saying, “The cyberpolice issued warnings against 75 administrators of social media channels and websites that had published fake news about the coronavirus. The cyberpolice of Bushehr province helped arrest 30 persons who were involved in spreading rumors about coronavirus, and they were handed over to the judiciary. The cyberpolice has a round-the-clock monitoring team and is examining websites and cyberspace.”

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map