Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, March 28, 2020—More than 13,000 people have died of coronavirus in 231 cities checkered throughout all of Iran’s 31 provinces, according to reports collected by the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as of Saturday afternoon local time, March 28.
The death toll in various provinces includes: 1,300 in Gilan, 1,070 in Khorasan Razavi, 1,030 in Mazandaran, 520 in Alborz, 290 in Hamedan, 90 in Semnan, 33 in South Khorasan, 20 in Hormozgan, in addition to other provinces.
Over 13,000 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran
The regime’s Health Ministry spokesperson announced 3,076 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, showing a 220-percent increase in comparison to last Saturday, March 21.
Eyewitness reports from the city of Babol and adjacent villages in northern Iran indicate an ongoing and devastating catastrophe as we speak. A few individuals have lost their lives in each street and alley, and there are no villages without coronavirus casualties. There are nearly no families without coronavirus victims. Conditions in morgues and cemeteries are described as hectic. Most local officials are not present and those who are present do not provide any answers.
Head of the local Khomeini Hospital in Ardabil, northwest Iran, says the numbers provided by the Health Ministry reflect only those who have tested positive, going on to say not all patients have been tested. "The hospital is full, and the medical staff is exhausted," he continued. "Physicians and nurses are truly doing all they can, and I sometimes start to cry… During the past 24 hours we have had 290 people coming into the hospital," he added in an interview aired March 27 on state TV.
Despite the catastrophic numbers of COVID-19 victims, Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani, who remains extremely concerned and focused on possible protests, revealed his anger over revelations regarding the scope of this coronavirus disaster. “Those who spread rumors… are close colleagues of coronavirus!” he said and continued his preposterous lies. “The pillars of our health apparatus are so strong that not only have they remained firm to this day, even if it takes another few weeks and sees a new rise, our hospitals, physicians and nurses are ready to provide services… We’re not among those countries that our patients are on the ground of our hospitals,” he added.
Coinciding with Rouhani’s despicable lies, a senior official in the regime’s Counter Coronavirus Headquarters made significant remarks at a conference held in the Health Ministry. “Back in late January, this virus was spreading very slowly in a few cities, without making much noise… We have yet to reach the peak in Tehran… We hope we have enough beds in Tehran when we reach the peak of the epidemic,” he said.
All the while, the regime’s crackdown and censorship measures continue against people posting news and statistics of the coronavirus epidemic. Colonel Amirli, deputy head of the mullahs’ internet police, FATA, said on Saturday, March 28, that 974 individuals have been identified and 316 cases have been filed in this regard. 299 cases were warned in telephone calls and ordered to delete their posts from their timelines on social networks.
On the other hand, the conditions of prisoners in Iran are becoming all the more dire. A number of inmates in the prisons of Urmia, Greater Tehran Prison (Fashafuyeh), Ghezel Hessar and other facilities have lost their lives to COVID-19. In the past few days, defenseless prisoners in Khorramabad, Aligudarz, Tabriz, and Saqqez have launched riots. A number of these inmates have been able to flee, and others were killed by Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) opening fire. In response, the mullahs’ so-called judiciary have escalated oppressive measures in various prisons, especially in the Greater Tehran Prison and banned their open-air time.
Madam Rajavi called for urgent action by the United Nations Secretary-General, Security Council, Human Rights Council and the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the European Union for the release of all prisoners, especially political prisoners, across Iran.