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Iran coronavirus update: Over 48,200 deaths, alarming circumstances in at least 8 provinces

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 48,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 48,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, May 31, 2020—Over 48,200 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 Sunday afternoon local time, May 31. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 7,797, around a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 3,665 in Khuzestan, 2,745 in Mazandaran, 1,485 in Lorestan, 1,485 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 1,310 in West Azerbaijan, 920 in Kurdistan, and 302 in Ilam. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

 

Over 48,200 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 48,200 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Kianush Jahanpour, spokesperson of the Iranian regime’s Health Ministry delivered the regime’s engineered stats of the number of COVID-19 victims in the past 24 hours as 63 and 2,516 new cases. “Circumstances in the provinces of Isfahan, East and West Azerbaijan, Lorestan, Kermanshah, Hormozgan, and Sistan & Baluchistan are alarming,” he said on Sunday, according to a report wired by the mullahs’ official IRNA news agency.

“We have not a single ‘clean’ hospital. We can’t announce any hospital being ‘corona-free’ because the COVID-19 communicability period is very long,” said the deputy dean of Tehran Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to IRNA.

 

“Twenty of the Khuzestan’s 28 cities are considered ‘code red’ regarding the spread of COVID-19,” said the deputy dean of Ahvaz Medical Sciences University on Monday in this southwest province of Iran. “The number of new cases is very high and far more than we expected. From around April 20, we have been witnessing a rise in the number of new cases due to the easing of quarantine measures,” he added, according to IRNA.

“The novel coronavirus in Khuzestan province is out of control. The people of Khuzestan are dying left and right. The number of new cases in this province is the highest in the country,” said Seyed Mohammad Molavi, a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) on Sunday, according to the Javan daily, an outlet associated to the mullahs’ Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

In Dezful, another city of Khuzestan province, “the number of new cases continues to increase, and this trend has raised a new wave of concerns among the population. People believe local officials are to blame for the escalating trend,” according to a Sunday report wired by the Tasnim news agency, an outlet affiliated to the regime’s IRGC Quds Force.

 

“To this day one thousand individuals have died of COVID-19… our medical staff are still engaged with the novel coronavirus,” said the dean of Isfahan Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the regime’s Borna news agency. “1,100 confirmed and suspicious COVID-19 cases in Isfahan, other than the Kashan district, have lost their lives… The paychecks of physicians have not paid since March 2019 and nurses have not been paid since June of last year. Our priority is to provide their paychecks,” he said on Saturday in another interview with the Ghalam website.

IMNA news agency quoted Gharib Sajadi, a member of Sanandaj city council, as saying, “The situation is critical, normalizing the situation under any pretext will hide the main problem… Unfortunately, based on the statistics of the Cemeteries Organization, the number of deaths is much more than the official figures. In recent days, five-to-six deceased people with coronavirus as the possible cause of their death were buried in Behesht-e Mohammadi cemetery every day.”

The deputy dean of Kurdistan Medical Sciences University said, “The increasing trend of coronavirus spread in Sanandaj, Saqqez, and Marivan is very worrying.” (Source: Fars News Agency, May 30)

ISNA quoted the vice president of Ibn Sina Medical University in Hamedan as saying, “There have been cases of an outbreak of the disease in families and small districts that were in contact with each other.”

According to Tasnim News Agency, the hospitals in Kurdistan are faced with a shortage of ICU beds for non-coronavirus patients.

According to Entekhab, the dean of Tabriz Medical Sciences University said, “Since restrictions were lifted, we have seen an increase in the spread of coronavirus infection among younger people. Fifty percent of the patients are under 50 years old.”

The dean of Kerman Medical Sciences University said, “The spread of coronavirus in the southern counties of Kerman is critical. Thirty-five percent of patients south of Kerman province are among government employees. In the current circumstances, we must prevent any kind of congregation.” (Source: Tasnim, May 30)

In Kermanshah, the governor of Qasr-e Shirin said, “The spread of coronavirus in this county is worrying.”

IRNA, the regime’s official news agency, reported today that in Mazandaran, 300 patients have been hospitalized with “acute respiratory conditions,” and Mazandaran is now among eight provinces that are entering an alarming situation. In the regime’s vocabulary of deceit, “acute respiratory condition” is a euphemism for “imminent death.”

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map