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Iran coronavirus update: Over 50,500 deaths, over 10,550 in Tehran alone

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 50,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 50,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, June 9, 2020—Over 50,500 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 327 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 Tuesday afternoon local time, June 9. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 8,425, around a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 10,550 in Tehran, 4,070 in Khuzestan, 2,565 in Isfahan, 1785 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 1687 in Lorestan, 532 in Zanjan, and 310 in Hormozgan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

According to physicians' reports from February to this day, 260 COVID-19 patients have died in Milad Hospital and another 165 in Atieh Hospital. Both facilities are in the Iranian capital Tehran. On May 28 and June 1, the PMOI announced a total of 5,980 people had died of the novel coronavirus in another 23 hospitals across Tehran. COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized in 138 state and private hospitals throughout Tehran province. In most of these hospitals, the number of people seeking medical care has increased during the last week of May in comparison to the weeks prior to this period. In Atieh Hospital, 40 people suspicious of contracting COVID-19 would seek medical care each day. This number has increased to 90 per day in the last week of May.

Over 50,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 50,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

“The number of registered coronavirus cases is rising… The people should know that we will be living with the coronavirus epidemic for the next one or two years… We in Iran acted more quickly than Europe in reopening our systems. We believed the situation was normalizing while it was not… Each coronavirus test costs the government around 4 million rials (equal to about $22.40)… I am certain that if the situation gets worse the quarantine restrictions will most certainly be reimplemented and this indeed should take place,” said Mohammad Reza Shams Ardakani, an advisor to the regime’s Health Minister, on Tuesday, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

In other news, Kianush Jahanpour was sacked from his post as the regime’s Health Ministry spokesperson. “The number of coronavirus cases in the provinces of Kurdistan, Khuzestan, Hormozgan, Sistan & Baluchistan, Bushehr and Kermanshah are increasing. In the past few days the country’s COVID-19 cases have been constantly increasing,” said the mullahs’ new Health Ministry spokesperson Sima Sadat Lari on Sunday, according to IRNA.

 

 

“The number of people seeking medical care in health centers and hospitals shows a 3.5 percent increase in the past 24 hours,” said Alireza Zali, head of Tehran’s COVID-19 Task Force, on Monday, according to the regime’s state-TV.

Javan Daily, affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), quoted the president of Ahvaz’s Jondishapur Medical Sciences University as saying on Monday, “In the past 24 hours, Khuzestan has seen 764 new coronavirus cases.” In Abadan, the vice-president of the medical sciences university reported that the Ayatollah Taleghani hospital is full in capacity and said, “A number of patients have been admitted to the Oil Company’s Khomeini Hospital… We’re forecasting a difficult month ahead and the growing trend of infections will continue for another two weeks.”

In Hormozgan, a member of the Bandar Abbas city council said, “In the current critical conditions, with every passing hour, the situation in Bandar Abbas grows worse… The lack of proper management can result in an irreversible catastrophe that will threaten the lives of thousands of citizens. The authorities don’t have a proper solution for the coronavirus outbreak… Then, the responsibility of officials will be heavier because they’re blaming the people for the spread of the virus while they haven’t taken any concrete action to contain the virus.” (Source: Bazkahabar website, June 9)

Hamshahri quoted the governor of Kermanshah province as saying, “The number of cases is increasing at a growing pace. There’s no bright prospect for the disease. In the past day, we’ve conducted 620 tests, 213 of which were positive, and this shows that the province is in an alarming state.”

According to Tasnim News Agency, the political-security deputy of Golestan province said, “In the past days, the number of new patients susceptible to coronavirus infection has increased… There’s the possibility of the virus spreading again. If the number of cases and hospitalized patients passes a certain threshold, new restrictions will be implemented.”

In Zanjan, the president of the medical sciences university said, “The spread of coronavirus disease is growing in this province. Ijrud and Soltanieh were previously in white conditions, but Ijrud is now in code red situation.” (Source: IRNA, June 9)

Rahbord-e Moaser, a state-run news website, quoted Mohammad Reza Mahjub, a member of the Coronavirus Task Force, as saying, “Poor government management and the lack of oversight and control… are among the reasons the disease is peaking again in its past hotspots and clean regions of the country… the prioritization of economy and the policy of herd immunity has driven the country to the point that… coronavirus has peaked again in the country, and the disease is not managed and contained in the country.”

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map