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Iran coronavirus update: Over 69,800 deaths, Khamenei & Rouhani blame people for outbreak

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 69,800 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 69,800 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, July 12, 2020—Over 69,800 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 342 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, July 12. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 12,729, around a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 17,450 in Tehran, 5,250 in Razavi Khorasan, 5,245 in Khuzestan, 2,530 in Lorestan, 2,155 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 2,080 in West Azerbaijan, 1,760 in Golestan, 1,745 in Hamedan, 1,610 in Fars, 1,390 in Kurdistan, and 880 in Kerman. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

The rising number of coronavirus deaths has forced Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to describe the “resurgence of COVID-19 and the death of a large number of patients as truly disturbing” at the end of his remarks today. His main objective, however, was to contain the regime’s growing inner disputes.

Over 69,800 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 69,800 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

However, in similar fashion to regime President Hassan Rouhani , Khamenei also placed the blame on the people, complaining about “some people don’t even put on masks.” Khamenei called on “medical service teams and the people” to “all play their roles in the best possible way in order to cut off the chain spread of this virus as soon as possible.”

It is worth noting that Khamenei could have easily provided the expenses of Iran’s working force for a few months from the funds of foundations under his control and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in order to prevent this humanitarian catastrophe that is escalating even further with each passing day.

On the other hand, Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi said on Sunday, “Based on the latest evaluations, the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the coming fall and winter seasons will be far worse than the spring and summer… There is no short or medium-term hope of less than a year for a vaccine,” he added, according to the IRGC-linked Javan daily.

In Tehran, a member of the City Council governing board said, “With a daily average of more than 600 hospitalized patients and 70 deaths, the critical conditions of the second coronavirus peak is completely visible in Tehran… Even though 18 provinces are in red, alarming state, the situation is being handled as if we were in the post-coronavirus era… Iran being among three countries with most coronavirus casualties in one week is testament to this reality.” (Source: Khabar Fori, July 12)

Hossein Ghana’ati, the head of the Coronavirus Task Force situation room in Tehran, warned that 50,000-60,000 people might lose their lives to coronavirus across Iran, according to Khabar Fori website. “We lost at least three-to-four weeks of critical time due to delays in quarantines… The first wave is not over yet… the second wave of coronavirus in fall might be much deadlier,” Ghana’ati said. “Due to the high number of cases among medical staff and service personnel, hospitals are faced with a shortage of human resources and this issue has caused the shutdown of different sections and operation rooms. There has also been undeniably poor coordination and mismanagement at large scale level and regarding some decisions.”


The regime’s state-run TV quoted Davoud Tabarasi, the head of the infectious diseases department at Tehran’s Masih Daneshvari hospital, as saying, “In May, the number of incoming patients at the emergency section was 100 people per day, but today, this number has reached 350.”

The governor of Golestan province confirmed that the capacity of treatment units in the province’s east has been completed, Mehr News Agency, affiliated with the Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS), reported on Sunday. “If this situation continues,” the governor said, “we might have to set up field hospitals in the eastern region of the province.” The deputy dean of the province’s medical sciences university said that all cities of the province are in code-red situation, according to Tasnim News Agency, affiliated with the Quds Force. “The province doesn’t have enough hospital beds,” the deputy dean added. “In counties such as Gonbad-e Kavous, all hospital beds are filled and patients are transferred to neighboring cities, even to Gorgan.”

In Gilan, head of the Medical Sciences University the number of people hospitalized in this province has reached 300, according to a Sunday report wired by the semi-official ISNA news agency.

In West Azerbaijan province, the Mehr news agency wired the following report on Saturday, “The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths rise with each passing day… The beds of Taleghani and Khomeini hospitals in the city of Urmia are all occupied, and a third hospital has been allocated to treat COVID-19 patients. Launching field hospitals and the significant daily increase in COVID-19 deaths, the rising number of hospitalized patients in ICU sections in the hospitals are all clear indicates of the province’s horrific conditions.”

“Prior knowledge shows that the second COVID-19 wave will be far more catastrophic than the first. Unfortunately, in various provinces we are witnessing COVID-19 cases and deaths in children,” said the dean of Alborz province Medical Sciences University on Sunday, according to the ISNA news agency.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map