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Iran coronavirus update: Over 50,900 deaths, “second COVID-19 wave may begin soon”

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 50,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 50,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, June 11, 2020—Over 50,900 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 330 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, June 11. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 8,584, around a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 4,130 in Khuzestan, 3,640 in Qom, 2,590 in Isfahan, 1,855 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 1,240 in Kermanshah, 1,020 in Kurdistan, and 337 in Hormozgan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

A report issued by the regime’s Health Ministry Epidemiology Committee, published on June 11 in the state-run Sharq daily, sheds light on disturbing realities. “The spread of this virus is on the rise in many of Iran’s provinces… Currently, the highest increasing trend is in the provinces of West Azerbaijan, South Khorasan, Khuzestan, Zanjan, Kurdistan, Kermanshah, Lorestan, Qazvin and Qom… Evaluations show that many provinces across Iran are now in more dire conditions in comparison to April and early May, and Iran’s second COVID-19 wave may begin soon,” the report reads in part.

 

Over 50,900 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 50,900 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

“If in our statistics evaluations we conclude that we are at the beginning of new COVID-19 waves, we will reconsider the relaxation of quarantine measures,” said Alireza Zali, head of Tehran’s COVID-19 Task Force on Thursday to state TV regarding an increase in the number of people seeking medical treatment in Tehran’s hospitals for symptoms of the novel coronavirus.

“During the past 24 hours we have registered 351 new cases across the province,” said the dean of Hormozgan Medical Sciences University in southern Iran on Wednesday, according to the Fars news agency, affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

“Hormozgan Province had relatively good conditions. However, hasty and non-expertise remarks in announcing the situation as normal and ‘white’ led to circumstances that we are now in the most critical and code red conditions… The number of new cases and deaths in this province are very concerning as they are the result of irresponsible measures,” said the Hormozgan representative in the regime’s Supreme Council of Provinces, chaired by mullahs’ President Hassan Rouhani.

“The number of new coronavirus cases hospitalized have more than doubled in comparison to last month, and also the number of COVID-19 deaths have increased in the past one or two weeks. The number of dire patients is increasing with each passing day,” according to a June 10 report by the Kermanshah Medical Sciences University, published in Javan daily, an outlet affiliated directly to the IRGC.

 

In Kurdistan, Tasnim News Agency reported on June 10 that the coronavirus section of Sanandaj’s Towhid hospital is completely full and wrote, “These days, in addition to the rising number of hospitalized patients and the exhaustion of healthcare workers… one of the nurses said that the staff of the hospital are tired and are faced with a shortage of human resources… According to eyewitness accounts, the number of patients is so great that there aren’t enough beds and equipment to treat them… the worrying number of coronavirus patients in Kurdistan province has set a new record today with 292 new cases in the past 24 hours… In the next days, the coronavirus crisis in Kurdistan, especially in Sanandaj, will grow worse and irreversible. We are headed for a tough defeat.”

In Ilam, the dean of the medical sciences university said, “The number of COVID-19 patients in the jurisdiction of Ilam Medical Sciences University has seen a rising trend. The number of hospitalized patients is increasing rapidly, and we must brace ourselves for a critical situation. Coronavirus might grow stronger than before any moment.” (Source: Hamshahri, June 11)

 

 

According to ISNA, In Khuzestan, the public relations of Ahvaz Medical Sciences University declared: “Starting from June 11, according to the orders of the supreme public relations council of the health ministry, the coronavirus stats of each province can only be made public through the council and by the spokesperson of the health ministry.”

In this regard, the state-run Aftab-e Yazd wrote: “It seems that the only solution authorities have to counter the coronavirus is to censor the stats and they think that lack of transparency and keeping the people in the dark about the figures of each province can help prevent the spread of the deadly virus across the country.”

ISNA quoted Mohammad Reza Mirza Beigi, the head of the Nurses Organization, as saying, “During the coronavirus outbreak, approximately 7,000 nurses have contracted the virus.” Mizan reported that in Baghiatollah Hospital, the biggest hospital of the Revolutionary Guards, more than 150 health workers have contracted coronavirus.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map