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Iran coronavirus update: Over 50,000 deaths, “may reach 300,000”

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 50,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 50,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, June 7, 2020—Over 50,000 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 Sunday afternoon local time, June 7. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 8,291, around a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 4,015 in Khuzestan, 1,705 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 1,685 in Alborz, 1,215 in Kermanshah, 985 in Kurdistan, 285 in Hormozgan. In Tehran the death toll has most definitely surpassed the 10,400 mark. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 50,000 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 50,000 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

“We shouldn’t think that our death toll is now 5,000, 8,000 or 9,000. First of all, this is not a high number… and if we are not careful, these numbers will, God forbid, reach 10,000 and 15,000… The death toll may unfortunately reach 200,000, 300,000,” said Iraj Harirchi, the regime’s Deputy Health Minister in a program aired by state TV on June 6.

Iran’s COVID-19 death toll has reached such high levels that one state-run outlet wrote, “The novel coronavirus is taking more victims from Iranians in comparison to the [Iran-Iraq] war, but it is without any noise. This is where we are fooled… They have normalized all activities and to save face they are constantly repeating the term ‘by abiding health protocols,’ as if the novel coronavirus is afraid of these words!... We have entered the second COVID-19 wave and there are more deaths to come, more than a military war.” (Asr-e Iran website, June 6)

 

 

“The number of coronavirus cases in Tehran has reached 12 percent in the past 24 hours. These numbers stood at ten percent yesterday and we are facing a two percent increase,” said Alireza Zali, head of Tehran’s COVID-19 Task Force, according to a report wired on Saturday by the state-run Mehr news agency, affiliated to the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

In Kermanshah, the governor described the ongoing second peak “harsher than the first peak,” according to a report wired on Sunday by the state-run ISNA news agency.

In Khuzestan, spokesperson of the Ahvaz Medical Sciences University reported 875 confirmed cases in the span of 24 hours. “Our total number of COVID-19 cases have reached 19,081,” he said, according to a report wired on June 6 by the Fars news agency, affiliated to the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). This is the highest number of new cases in a span of 24 hours.

“Health and medical supplies in the southern districts of Kerman province cannot cope with the number of people seeking treatment. From a month ago the number of people contracting the novel coronavirus in these areas has increased. Yesterday, 67 individuals tested positive as new COVID-19 cases in southern areas of Kerman province,” said the dean of Jiroft Medical Sciences University, according to a report wired on Saturday by the Tasnim news agency, affiliated to the IRGC Quds Force.

In Hormozgan, the governor said all the hospitals’ ICU beds are occupied and expressed grave concerns. “Unfortunately, this has taken place in the city of Bandar Abbas,” he said on Sunday, according to the state-run Sarat website.

“The spread of COVID-19 across [Kurdistan] province, especially the cities of Sanandaj and Qarveh, is extremely concerning. The city of Sanandaj has entered its second peak of this illness and the status quo is quite dire,” said the dean of Kurdistan Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the Mehr news agency.

“This catastrophe was preventable and the loss of so many lives could have been avoided,” said Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), on the horrific COVID-19 death toll of over 50,000 across Iran. “The death toll in Iran, even the regime’s official stats, go far beyond other Middle East countries. Most of these states have weaker infrastructure and economic/social foundations in comparison to Iran,” Mrs. Rajavi added.

“[Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei and [regime President Hassan] Rouhani are directly responsible for the increasing number of deaths and must be held accountable. Instead of providing the paychecks of Iran’s employees and hardworking workers from the pockets of economic cartels controlled by Khamenei and the IRGC, they have ordered the people back to their jobs, and to their certain death at the hands of the novel coronavirus,” Madam Rajavi added.

 

 

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map