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Iran coronavirus update: Over 60,000 deaths, 2.8 million contracted COVID-19 in Tehran province

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 60,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 60,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, June 22, 2020—Over 60,000 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 334 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 Monday afternoon local time, June 22. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 9,742, nearly a sixth of the actual figure.

More than 16,000 have died in the hospitals of Tehran province. Over 138 hospitals are accepting coronavirus patients in Tehran province with a population of 14 million. In just 34 of the 138 hospitals, 9,050 people have died in the past four months. The death toll in Baghiatollah Hospital, affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), has reached 1,250. The number of people dying in their homes and all other facilities other than hospitals needs to be added to these stats.

The death toll in various provinces include: 3,390 in Razavi Khorasan, 2,060 in Lorestan, 1,570 in West Azerbaijan, 1,440 in Golestan, 735 in Kerman, and 370 in Ilam. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.


Over 60,000 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 60,000 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

“Around 20 percent of Tehran’s population have contracted the novel coronavirus to this day,” said Alireza Zali, head of Tehran’s COVID-19 Task Force, according to the IRGC-affiliated Fars news agency. This amounts to 2.8 million people across Tehran province having contracted this illness.

“In this province, we are now facing COVID-19+… This virus, other than its sophisticated biological nature, has a social, cultural, and economic impact and nearly all apparatuses across the province will be facing changes… Considering the rising new spread of COVID-19, there is a need for a number of hospitals that had decreased their treatment for coronavirus patients must once again begin their services… The average hygiene protocol abidance and smart social distancing imposed at the beginning of this plan stood at around 62 percent. This decreased to 28 percent after two weeks, after that to 11 and finally sunk below nine percent,” Zali added on Monday, according to the Aria news agency.

At the same time, the governor of Islamshahr in Tehran province said the number of new cases and those hospitalized have significantly increased in Imam Reza Hospital during the past ten days, according to a Monday report of the state-run Hamshahri daily.

In Khuzestan, the governor of Mahshahr has announced emergency status in this city due to the rise of new cases during the past 30 days. “Ever since mid-May to this day we have witnessed red status and emergency situations in Mahshahr. We had a daily increase in the number of cases,” he said on Monday, according to the Hamshahri daily.

In Isfahan, head of the Kashan Medical Sciences University warned about the beginning of a second wave. “The number of COVID-19 cases in the Kashan region have increased ten-fold during the past few days,” he said on Sunday, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet affiliated to the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

“The result of tests among those visiting centers covered by this university have been 40 percent positive. However, these stats stood at around 20 to 25 percent. In the past few weeks we have had a significant increase in the number of people seeking medical treatment in various facilities,” said the deputy dean of Mashhad Medical Sciences University on Monday to the regime’s official IRIB news agency.

ISNA quoted the governor of Southern Khorasan province as saying, “None of the 11 counties of Southern Khorasan is in green and white conditions. The three cities of Birjand, Qa'en, and Sarbisheh are in code-red situation… In the past 15 days, the number of positive tests, acute respiratory syndrome patients, and the number of hospitalized patients has had a dramatic and worrying increase.”

In Golestan province, the dean of the medical sciences university said, “The number of children who have contracted coronavirus in Golestan has increased. To date, there have been six coronavirus deaths in Golestan children… Seven cities of the province are in code-red situation.” (Source: Mehr News Agency, June 21)

Fars News Agency quoted the caretaker of the medical sciences university in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad province as saying, “The number of cases in the past few days has increased dramatically.”

In Qazvin province, the dean of the medical sciences university said that the past two weeks have seen a 25-percent increase in the number of coronavirus cases, Mehr News Agency reported.

A report by IRNA on Monday about the situation in Bushehr province read, “The governor of Ganaveh has suggested to the provincial governor to impose a weeklong lockdown on the city with strict executive safeguards. One of the most important issues is the increase in the number of hospitalized patients and the capacity of hospitals becoming full. From the 377 coronavirus patients in this city, 94 are government employees and 25 percent are medical staff who have been removed from the healthcare cycle. If the situation continues, it will be hard to provide care and treatment to the patients.”

In Sistan and Baluchestan, the dean of Zahedan Medical Sciences University said, “Coronavirus is peaking in Sistan and Baluchestan. Unfortunately, we are witnessing the spread of the virus in all cities. Last night, 85 patients with acute respiratory symptoms and positive COVID-19 tests were hospitalized in te Bu Ali hospital, and our colleagues reported that the capacity of the hospital is full.” (Source: Tasnim News Agency, June 22)

Hamshahri Daily quoted the dean of Ilam Medical Sciences University as saying, “Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, the past 48 hours have been the worst situation in terms of the number of new cases and the number of hospitalized patients in the province.”

The news agency of the state-run TV quoted the dean of the medical sciences university in Western Azerbaijan as saying, “Every day, we’re witnessing a considerable increase in the number of cases in Mahabad.”

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), reiterated that the disastrous spread of coronavirus across the country, especially in Tehran, is the direct result of the criminal policies of regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei and regime president Hassan Rouhani, who in contradiction to their own ministries and experts, decided not to support the people and shut down unnecessary operations, but decided to send the workers back to work where they are threatened with coronavirus. Now they are shamelessly claiming that only nine percent of the people abide by hygienic protocols. One must ask the mullahs, how do they expect the people of Tehran, one of the densest places in the country, to go back to work and also abide by social distancing rules?

Mrs. Rajavi added that while the economic crisis escalates and the price of the dollar has surpassed 200,000 rials, the regime’s main concern is to increase repressive measures to prevent popular uprisings. The secret meeting of the Majlis (parliament) on Tuesday in the presence of Mohammad Bagheri, the chief of staff armed forces was convened for this very reason.

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