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Iran coronavirus update: Over 60,700 deaths, “official stats are wrong”

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 60,700 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 60,700 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, June 24, 2020—Over 60,700 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 339 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 Wednesday afternoon local time, June 24. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 9,996, nearly a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 4,590 in Khuzetan, 3,070 in Gilan, 2,150 in Lorestan, 1,860 in East Azerbaijan, 1,490 in Golestan, 1,350 in Hamedan, 1,210 in Kurdistan, and 780 in Yazd. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

The spokesperson of the regime’s Health Ministry said 133 people died in the past 24 hours. This is the highest official daily death toll in the past 78 days. However, Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani ridiculously claimed, “We will be witnessing a decreasing trend in red provinces, such as Khuzestan, Bushehr, Hormozgan, East and West Azerbaijans, and Kurdistan!”

Over 60,700 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 60,700 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

While the novel coronavirus virus is taking more lives in Iran, and while the mullahs’ regime is spending billions of dollars in support of terrorism, warmongering, and its nuclear/ballistic missile projects, the Health Ministry made an interesting announcement on Wednesday, June 24.

From the nearly one billion euros that Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei allocated to fighting COVID-19, “after three and half months we have only received less than 30 percent of this budget and it was distributed among the medical universities and colleges… What is witnessed these days in some provinces is not the second coronavirus peak. In fact, it is the first peak spreading to various provinces… Today, provinces such as Kurdistan, West Azerbaijan, Khuzestan, Bushehr, Hormozgan, and Kermanshah have reached the top of their first peak… in provinces such as East Azerbaijan, Fars, and Razavi Khorasan we may experience the peak in the coming days,” according to a Wednesday report wired by the state-run ISNA news agency.

With an increase in the number of cases in Tehran, “the Masih Daneshvari and Khomeini hospitals have no empty beds for new patients. Recently you won’t see just one person of a family seeking medical care. In fact, all members of families have contracted COVID-19 and unfortunately, they are in dire conditions,” said Minoo Mohraz, a member of the National COVID-19 Task Force. “Although we are not in a period similar to the mid-March days, the country is still on the verge of very dire circumstances. If we continue the status quo, we will be facing a catastrophe in the coming months. When the number of cases increases, so do the number of deaths,” she added. “The official stats are wrong. They may be much higher, and we have surpassed the 10,000 mark,” Mohraz added.

According to a separate Fars News Agency report, the dean of Tabriz Medical Sciences University said, “Out of 27,000 healthcare workers in the province, 950 have contracted coronavirus… Our medical staff are very exhausted. Until now three of our doctors and four nurses have lost their lives.”

In Bushehr province, the dean of the medical sciences university confirmed that 412 medical staff in the hospitals of the province have contracted COVID-19, Fars News Agency reported on Tuesday.

In Hormozgan province, the dean of the medical sciences university said, “The number of coronavirus cases is still high and we’re witnessing a new peak in the province. More than 250 medical staff in Hormozgan have contracted the virus. Every day, we’re adding an average of 20 beds to the province’s medical centers.” (Source: IRIB news agency, June 23)

In Fars province, the dean of Shiraz Medical Sciences University confirmed that the previous day has seen a record number of coronavirus deaths in the province, the state-run Serat website reported. The dean said, “The number of deaths is increasing… The number of coronavirus cases in the province has surpassed 10,000.”

The state-run Mehr News Agency website quoted the treatment deputy of the medical sciences university in Ardebil province as saying, “The number of patients and hospitalized patients has doubled or tripled compared to the past two weeks. The new section that has been set up to admit new patients is quickly filling up. If the number of cases continues to increase, the hospitals will be filled and naturally, treatment for patients will degrade. As a result, the number of casualties will increase like the first days of the outbreak.”

“We have two very tough weeks ahead,” the dean of Golestan province’s medical sciences university said, as per Hamgerayi website. “Currently, a number of children are hospitalized in Gorgan’s Taleghani hospital and Gonbad-e Kavus, 13 of them have tested positive (for COVID-19) and the results of the rest of the tests have not been declared yet. We have coronavirus patients ranging from six months to 12 years old.”

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map