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Iran coronavirus update: Over 78,800 deaths, senior official calls MEK revelations "propaganda"

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 78,800 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 78,800 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, July 29, 2020—Over 78,800 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 347 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, July 29. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 16,343 around a fifth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 19,600 in Tehran, 5,903 in Razavi Khorasan, 3,640 in Mazandarah, 2,320 in East Azerbaijan, 2,020 in Fars, 1,155 in Kerman, 885 in Yazd, 865 in Ardabil, 815 Markazi (Central), 735 in Zanjan, 630 in Ilam, 510 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari, and 405 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 78,800 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 78,800 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

Spokesperson of the Health Ministry said on Wednesday that in the past 24-hour period 196 have died and 4,027 individuals are in ICU. The later statistic is unprecedented since the beginning of the novel coronavirus pandemic. “Once again we are witnessing an increase and another new Covid-19 wave in Golestan province [northern Iran],” she said, emphasizing 26 provinces are in code red or alarming conditions, according to the regime’s official IRNA. “The number of hospitalized people in this province have doubled in the past six weeks and the cities of Gorgan, Kordkuy, Minudasht, Gonbad Kavus and Aq Qala have witnessed a faster pace in new cases. In Kerman province [south-central Iran], 12 cities are in code red conditions and seven are in alarming circumstances. During the past six weeks the number of people hospitalized in this province have doubled and the cities of Kerman, Jiroft, Baft, Zaran, Rafsanjan and Sirjan have witnessed a faster pace in new cases,” according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

 

 

While the regime’s own officials are acknowledging an increasing number of Covid-19 deaths each day, regime President Hassan] Rouhani’s remarks on Wednesday during a cabinet meeting shed even more light on the mullahs’ internal political disputes and the true disastrous proportions of the novel coronavirus crisis engulfing the country.

“Earlier this year despite the Covid-19 outbreak the enemy was interested in the war among our different factions and various differences,” he added, according to IRNA. “To those who want to cancel the upcoming religious mourning rituals, they should know that these gatherings will not be cancelled. To those who want to undermine these mourning ceremonies by claiming such gatherings will escalate the illness wave, they will not be allowed to do so.”

“Follow the propaganda trail and you will realize the origin. A number of people are seeking followers and a number of others are busy in Albania pumping propaganda, and they seek to disrupt our calm status,” said Deputy health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Wednesday. “If we carry out the end of the year exams, some will say don’t do so; if we do not take these exams, they will say the entire country is falling apart that they can’t take these tests. Therefore, we need to be careful to not play their games and do what is in the interests of our country,” he added, according to the Quds news agency, an outlet affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force.

This is while in an interview with state TV, Harirchi had said yesterday, “Of the country’s 83 million population, 73 million are in red conditions. Most blue and white provinces are now red. But the real disaster is in Tehran, which is in third place in cases and deaths. Since the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalized patients is increasing, there’s a possibility that the death rate will also increase in the next two weeks.”

The semi-official ISNA news agency quoted deputy health minister Alireza Raisi as saying, “Only 37 counties of the country’s 457 are white, 105 are yellow, and the rest are orange or red.”

Mohsen Bandpey, the provincial governor of Tehran, said, “I declared two weeks ago that we should consider Tehran’s yellow state as red. We now have around 4,500 hospitalized patients, and 40 percent of the country’s critical patients are in Tehran… After we eased our policies and lifted travel restrictions, the result is what we’re seeing today.” (Source: Channel 5 TV, July 28)

In Fars province, the deputy dean of the medical sciences university confirmed 19 coronavirus casualties in the past 24 hours, the greatest number of deaths in this province since the beginning of the outbreak, the state-run Mehr News Agency, affiliated with the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), reported on Monday.  

In Eastern Azerbaijan province, the dean of Tabriz Medical Sciences University said, “There has been an average of 14 daily deaths in Eastern Azerbaijan in the past week. The counties of Bonab, Ahar, Charuymagh, Haris, Varzaghan, and Tabriz respectively have the most number of coronavirus cases.” (Source: ISNA, July 29)

Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said that the unprecedented across the country and the horrendous increase in the number of new Covid-19 deaths are all due to the criminal policies of the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Rouhani. The status quo was both predictable and preventable, and the Iranian Resistance and many experts inside the country and abroad had time and again issued warnings in this regard.

This is a clear case of crime against humanity, said NCRI President Maryam Rajavi. Overcoming the coronavirus crisis, as in the case of resolving poverty, skyrocketing prices, unemployment, and containing the destructive nature of floods and earthquakes are all dependent on the mullahs’ regime being overthrown and the installation of a popular government to have all the country’s resources used in developing and improving people’s lives, Madam Rajavi added.

 

 

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map