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Iran coronavirus update: Over 47,500 deaths, unprecedented spike of COVID-19 infection in Tehran

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 47,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 47,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, May 28, 2020—Over 47,500 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 Thursday afternoon local time, May 28. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 7,627, less than a sixth of the actual figure.

These stats are based on specific reports from dozens of the 138 hospitals in Tehran Province that accept coronavirus patients and reports from cemeteries. The COVID-19 death toll in Tehran Province, with a population of 14 million, is far beyond 10,000.

From February 20 to May 21, a total of 4,875 of coronavirus patients died in these Tehran hospitals: Yaft Abad, Imam Hossein, Khomeini, Masih Daneshvari, Shohadaye Gomnan (Meydan Khorasan), Loghman Hakim, Modarres, Shohadaye Tajrish, Labafi Nezhad, Sina, Ziai’ian, A’lam, Taleghani, Madayen, Kashani, Shariati, Muftah Varamin and Sajjad in Shahriar, a city near Tehran. These numbers were collected from only 18 of Tehran’s 138 hospitals that accept COVID-19 patients.

Over 47,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 47,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

The death toll in various provinces include: 3,710 in Mazandaran, 3,550 in Khuzestan, 1,075 in Kermanshah, 1,660 in Alborz, 1,430 in Lorestan and 1,275 in Hamedan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

The actual death toll from various provinces is far higher and the mullahs’ regime is going the distance with lies and other measures aimed at cloaking the truth. One can get an image of the scope of the coronavirus crisis in other provinces and the extensive cloaking measures resorted to by Iranian regime officials through the remarks of Tehran Province governor made on Tuesday, May 26: “The average death rate across the country is 8.5 percent and Tehran Province stands at 3.5 percent,” he said, according to the state-run ILNA news agency.

“Twelve percent of the coronavirus patients that visit a hospital lose their lives” and “50 percent of COVID-19 patients that enter ICU sections also die,” according to a report wired on Wednesday by the regime’s official IRNA news agency citing a member of the regime’s Health Ministry COVID-19 Task Force.


Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi once again resorted to further lies and blamed the Iranian people for this tragedy. “Thirty-three percent of the people in Tehran did not abide by hygiene protocols and in many cases, Tehran is our Achilles heel… This is especially true in the outskirts of Tehran and cities located around the capital that are highly populated and have other issues,” he said in remarks aired by state TV on May 25.

“PCR tests are the index of confirmed cases regarding COVID-19 patients. We cannot confirm a case without such a test,” said Health Ministry spokesperson Kianush Jahanpour to state-TV on May 25. This clearly indicates that the regime’s official numbers include only the cases that are confirmed as COVID-19 patients through PCR tests prior to their deaths.

Regime officials from different provinces are acknowledging the increase of coronavirus cases. Mizan, the official news outlet of the judiciary branch, quoted Alireza Zali, the head of the Coronavirus Task Force in Tehran, as saying, “In the past 24 hours, there have been 265 new cases, a 3.5 percent growth.”

The official Javan daily quoted the president of the Medical Sciences University in Kermanshah as saying, “The increase of the number of hospitalized coronavirus patients in the province is worrying. If the trend continues, we will definitely face an outbreak of the disease.”

According to Serat News, the public relations of the same university reported, “No county in the province is white. The three cities of Kermanshah, Javanrud, and Harsin Salas Babajani are in a red state. The situation in other cities is alarming.”

In Dezful, the dean of the Medical Sciences University said, “The number of positive coronavirus cases in Khuzestan province and the county of Dezful has increased. This is why Dezful, like other locations in the province, is in a red state.” The deputy dean said, “Eight big sections of the great hospital of Dezful are dealing with coronavirus patients, 130 medical staff in the university of medical sciences and sanitation of Dezful have contracted coronavirus.” (Source: Fars News Agency, May 27)

ISNA news agency quoted the dean of Hormozgan Medical Sciences University as saying, “In the past week, the number of coronavirus cases in Hormozgan has increased. The situation in Minab is worrying.”

According to Mehr News Agency, the deputy governor of Kurdistan province described the coronavirus statistics in the province as “worrying.”

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map