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Officials acknowledge Iran’s COVID-19 death toll is higher than China

Iran’s coronavirus outbreak is expanding through the country—March 2020
Iran’s coronavirus outbreak is expanding through the country—March 2020

Reporting by PMOI/MEK  

Iran, March 25, 2020—More than 11,500 people have died to coronavirus in 222 cities across all of Iran’s 31 provinces as of Tuesday afternoon local time, March 25, according to the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). The number of victims in various provinces include: 1,360 in Isfahan, 980 in Khorasan Razavi, 500 in Khuzestan, 280 in Kermanshah, 240 in Hamedan, 230 in Yazd, 230 in Lorestan, 150 in Zanjan, 70 in Sistan and Baluchistan, 59 in North Khorasan, etc.

Massoud Mardani, a member of Iran’s Combating Coronavirus Department, acknowledged that the COVID-19 crisis in Iran is far greater than other countries, including China.

“There is no province in this country without a coronavirus case… The cases currently being announced by the Health Ministry is a portion of the illness because the Health Ministry only announces those cases that are hospitalized each day… We discovered the epidemic long after it was established inside the country. The first cases seen in the city of Qom were probably there weeks before and there were no separation or quarantine measures at the time. The illness first engulfed Qom and then other cities… There are more than 1,000 new cases each day and even more than 100 to 150 deaths on a daily basis."

Over 11,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 11,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Aladdin Borujerdi, a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament), expressed grave concerns over revelations of the regime’s clandestine measures. “Over-mentioning the coronavirus death toll and cases in Iran indicates the depth of western media’s enmity. They are attempting to turn the people against government officials,” he claimed.

Majlis member Fatemeh Hosseini made concerning remarks from a different perspective. “Neglecting the necessity to shut down government offices will further be the cause of further increases in COVID-19 cases and deaths in upcoming weeks,” he said.

Meanwhile, despite a long slate of reports and remarks made by regime officials about the spread of coronavirus across the country, parallel to the horrific rise in deaths and COVID-19 cases, and serious shortages in resources, regime President Hassan Rouhani made startling remarks on Wednesday, March 25.

“Thank God that we have no shortage in hospital beds, nurses and physicians, and even in the ICU section of different cities and provinces we have hospital sections that are empty. Yesterday, in Mashhad (northeast Iran), where we have been a bit concerned these days, we realized that 60 percent of the hospital beds and 30 percent of our ICU beds are empty. It’s clear that there is good planning over there,” he said. Rouhani also claimed on Tuesday, “The number of new cases in our hospitals have declined and the number of deaths is also decreasing.”

All the while, the governor of West Azerbaijan Province said on Wednesday that the number of coronavirus cases and hosts are many times higher than the number of cases discovered and officially announced. Furthermore, Mohammad Hossein Ghorbani, the Health Ministry representative in Gilan Province said, “Gilan remains a center of the coronavirus crisis… If the second COVID-19 wave is launched in Gilan, the amount of damages caused will be many times higher than the first wave… We are concerned about this situation in Gilan because the province’s medical staff is worn out after weeks of constant work…”

On Monday, March 23, the state-run Sharq daily wrote citing the Health Ministry’s Epidemiology Working Group reporting that between 811,000 to 1,160,000 people in Iran will be infected with coronavirus.

A member of Tehran’s city council wrote to Rouhani: “Quarantine was imposed in China after 30 deaths, in Spain after 200 deaths, and in France after 175 deaths. How many people have to die in Iran?”

Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi said in regard to Rouhani’s remarks: “The mullahs fill the cemeteries and lie that hospitals are empty. They expel Médecins Sans Frontières and say we have adequate supplies. Therefore, the vast medical and financial resources currently at the disposal of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and the apparatus under the control of regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei must be placed at the disposal of defenseless people across Iran.”

To those shedding crocodile tears for the religious fascism ruling Iran under the pretext of sanctions, Madam Rajavi reiterated that they should shed a few tears for the Iranian people. If they’re telling the truth, they should impel the regime to allow international observers, delegations and aid, along with foreign reporters, into Iran and facilitate the possibility of foreign aid being provided directly to the people, she said. They should also compel the regime to release all prisoners and bring an end to arrests, torture and executions, and especially allow volunteer youths to provide aid to our compatriots in need.