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Iran coronavirus update: Over 49,500 deaths, “second wave in ten provinces”

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 49,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 49,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, June 5, 2020—Over 49,500 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 325 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 Friday afternoon local time, June 5. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 8,134, less than a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 3,860 in Khuzestan, 3,585 in Qom, 1,650 in East Azerbaijan, 1,650 in Lorestan, 1,635 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 1,360 in West Azerbaijan, and 450 in Bushehr. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 49,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran-Iran Coronavirus Death Toll per PMOI MEK sources

Over 49,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran-Iran Coronavirus Death Toll per PMOI MEK sources

 

“The situation in Khuzestan province remains in ‘code red’… The provinces of Hormozgan, Kurdistan, Kerman, Kermanshah, Bushehr, East and West Azerbaijan are in alarming conditions,” said Kianush Jahanpour, spokesperson for the Iranian regime’s Health Ministry, on Friday, June 5.

“We’ll be suffering defeat at the last minute. The novel coronavirus has not ended and it may catch us off guard at any moment,” said Health Minister Saeed Namaki to state TV on Thursday.

“These days we are witnessing the second COVID-19 wave in ten provinces across the country. Khuzestan, East Azerbaijan, Hormozgan, Sistan & Baluchistan, Gilan, Lorestan, Kurdistan, Bushehr, Mazandaran, and Hamedan. In the past few days, we have been witnessing an increasing number of new cases and people being hospitalized,” according to a report wired by the regime’s Tasnim news agency, affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force.

 

 

In Khuzestan, spokesperson of the Ahvaz Medical Sciences University reported 792 new cases in the span of 24 hours, according to a piece published by the state-run Aftab News on Thursday. This is the highest number of new cases in one day during the past few weeks.

Head of the Public Relations Office at the Abadan Medical Sciences University said all branches of Ayatollah Taleghani Hospital have been allocated to hospitalizing COVID-19 patients. The Ahvaz Fire Department said 52 of this city’s firefighters have contracted the novel coronavirus, according to a piece published on Friday by the IRGC-affiliated Javan daily.

“The capacity of Ahvaz’s Razi Hospital, as a center allocated to COVID-19 patients, has reached its full limit and Ahvaz Medical Sciences University is forced to designate five other hospitals in Ahvaz to these patients,” according to a report published on Thursday by the state-run Roydad24 outlet. “Khuzestan has the country’s third-largest slum population. People in these areas have no choice but to leave quarantined areas to make ends through whatever means possible. In the past two weeks, Khuzestan has witnessed one-fourth of the country’s daily new cases. Despite a ten-day closure of all administrative offices and stores, this trend continues to rise.”

 

 

The deputy dean of Shiraz Medical Sciences University said, “We’ve faced a remarkable increase in the number of cases in the past 24 hours… The number of cases in Fars province has reached 6,397.” (Source: Javan, June 4)

IRNA, the official news agency of the regime, quoted an infectious diseases expert in Shiraz as saying, “In the past week, the number of daily cases in Fars has been growing in the hundreds… We only had this many patients during the disease’s peak around the new year. It’s fair to say that the alarm has been raised… the situation that awaits us is not good.”

In Kermanshah, the head of public relations at the medical sciences university said, “With 235 new coronavirus cases in the past day, the number of patients in Kermanshah province has reached 5,752.” (Source: IRIB, June 4)

Hamshahri daily quoted the deputy dean of the medical sciences university in Iranshahr, Sistan and Baluchestan province, as saying, “Until this morning, the number of COVID-19 patients in the jurisdiction of Iranshahr Medical Sciences University has reached 634 cases. In Delgan, six coronavirus-positive patients lost their lives.”

In Hormozgan, the dean of the medical sciences university said, “With 206 new coronavirus patients, the number of cases in the province has reached 4,686. In the past two weeks, the situation has been very critical and fragile. If the restrictions are not observed… we will be facing a great challenge in the next week.” (Source: Javan, June 4)

Javan quoted the dean of Western Azerbaijan Medical Sciences University as saying, “In the past month, the number of coronavirus patients in Mahabad has grown at a worrying rate.”

Tasnim quoted the dean of Bushehr Medical Sciences University as saying, “The spread of coronavirus in Bushehr province is on a rising trend. The province is in an alarming state.”

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map