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Iran coronavirus update: Over 80,100 deaths, Khamenei demands people pay for Covid-19 losses

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 80,100 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 80,100 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, July 31, 2020—Over 80,100 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 Friday afternoon local time, July 31. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 16,766 around a fifth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 19,950 in Tehran, 5,993 in Razavi Khoradan, 3,715 in Mazandaran, 3,405 in Gilan, 2,070 in Fars, 1,945 in Kermanshah, 1,185 in Kerman, 1,010 in Semnan, 1,005 in Hormozgan, 890 in Ardabil, 640 in Qazvin, and 420 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 80,100 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 80,100 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

Covid-19 is taking more lives with each passing day in Iran due to the criminal policies imposed by the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani. After a long silence, Khamenei literally claimed on Friday that his regime has no responsibility in this regard. “A number of people suffered immensely due to coronavirus and this must be compensated. The people should compensate this. Not all of it can be placed on the shoulders of the government and semi-governmental bodies. They have their duties that they must carry out, but this is not enough. The people themselves can also help out,” Khamenei said.

By using the term “semi-governmental bodies” Khamenei is referring to the foundations and institutions under his control, such as the Executive Order of Imam Khomeini (SETAD), the Mostazafin Foundation, and the Astane Quds Razavi where hundreds of billions of dollars, stolen from the Iranian people, are kept Khamenei’s control. The regime’s Supreme Leader is literally saying that despite all the expectations, there will be no support to the deprived people from these sources.

On the other hand, following the remarks of Great Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani in Najaf, Iraq, many other clerics in Iran, and the Iranian regime’s own experts regarding the threats of holding religious ceremonies and gatherings during the Covid-19 pandemic, Khamenei was forced to take a step back from his previous positions that were relayed by Khamenei. “In mourning ceremonies, we should take abide by the advice of health experts and the National Covid-19 Task Force. I personally follow whatever instructions they provide, and I advise all those seeking to hold mourning ceremonies to listen to the words of our medical professionals. Covid-19 is a serious issue and if these protocols are not respected it may lead to a catastrophe with no end in sight,” he said.

However, the catastrophe continues as we speak, with over 80,000 coronavirus deaths across Iran as a result of the regime’s criminal policies and refusing to provide for the Iranian people’s needs from the wealth that has been stolen from the Iranian people themselves.

 

 

Alireza Zali, the head of Tehran Coronavirus Task Force, said, “The province and city of Tehran are in code-red conditions. Karaj is in similar conditions, which makes the situation harder for the capital… The highest number of cases have been reported in the east and southeast regions… Garbage collectors, child workers, and other similar cases are among social issues of mega-cities like Tehran that are being scrutinized… The floating population has been estimated at 1 million in recent days. This means the equivalent of the population of an entire province enters Tehran by day and exits by night. Due to Tehran’s adjacency with the provinces of Qom, Alborz, Semnan, and Mazandaran, the control of the epidemic is very difficult.” (Source: Khabar Online, July 31)

The governor of Eslamshahr said, “Until now, more than 300 coronavirus patients have lost their lives in Eslamshahr. We are in difficult times and the situation is becoming tougher for our medical staff.” (Source: Fars News Agency, July 31)

 

 

In Mazandaran province, Fars News Agency, affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), reported that among the issues that have caused concern is the increase of coronavirus deaths among the youth and the increasing number of Covid-19 cases among children. “This virus is expanding in Mazandaran province with indescribable speed,” Fars reported, and quoted the dean of Mazandaran Medical Sciences University as saying, “Presently, 1,581 patients with coronavirus symptoms are hospitalized.”

In Hormozgan province, the head of public relations of Hormozgan Medical Sciences University said, “The number of coronavirus deaths in the province has reached 532. Currently, 359 Covid-19 patients are hospitalized in the province’s hospitals, of which 85 are in ICU and 31 are in critical conditions.” (Source: ISNA, July 31)

In Fars province, coronavirus is still claiming lives, ILNA reported. “This is while officials have taken no measures for remote work or reducing staff in government organizations and offices in these critical times,” the report added. “Meanwhile, the situation of bank employees is the worst. The head of the Council of Coordination of Banks in Fars said, ‘In the past two weeks, 157 bank employees in the province have contracted coronavirus, and this figure is increasing exponentially.”

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map