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Iran: Officials acknowledging dire coronavirus situation

Coronavirus epidemic expanding in Iran
Coronavirus epidemic expanding in Iran

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, March 26, 2020—More than 11,900 people have died of coronavirus in 224 cities checkered across all of Iran’s 31 provinces, according to reports collected by the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as of Thursday afternoon local time in Iran. The death toll in various provinces include: 1,650 in Tehran, 670 in Golestan, 540 in Khuzestan, 340 in Kermanshah, 230 in Yazd, 225 in Kurdistan, 185 in Ardabil and 12 in South Khorasan, among other provinces.

Over 11,900 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 11,900 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Despite reports of the escalating COVID-19 death toll in Iran, regime President Hassan Rouhani is continuing his preposterous lies. “We have prepared all of the country’s hospital beds. Of these beds around 13,000 have not been used. Therefore, we have a very high number of hospital beds available today that we have not used… I don’t think any other country is in the conditions that Iran is… we have around 20,000 empty hospital beds at our disposal,” Rouhani said on Thursday, March 26.

And while the mullahs’ regime announced new measures on Thursday aimed at confronting the coronavirus epidemic in Iran, there was no solution provided for the people who will be forced to stay home from their occupations. In such conditions, numerous regime officials and Majlis (parliament) members are constantly voicing warnings about worsening conditions.

“We will not get anywhere with such small steps and temporary decisions. As most countries across the world have taken action, we need to take strong and firm measures and place the entire country under full alert,” said deputy Majlis speaker Massoud Pezeshkian.

“We need to extract money from the National Development Fund or the Currency Reserve Fund… the government has no choice but resorting to such measures to prevent social unrest and decrease economic pressures,” said Majlis member Mohammadreza Mohseni Thani.

Mohammadreza Najafi, another Majlis member, wrote to Rouhani: “Your approach in managing the current crisis is in far contrast to that of many experts. There is no other country with our stats that is acting so simplistic about this issue. The second wave of this illness in early to mid-April will be far more drastic and will last longer than what is forecasted… We will see the result of this neglect not only in this wave, but also continued in the next…”

Studies show Iran’s coronavirus epidemic began in the city of Qom and specifically in contact with Chinese nationals in this province, according to Iranian regime deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi.

In Mashhad, Mohammad Reza Heydari, head of the city council, tweeted on Wednesday, March 25, calling on the regime President Hassan Rouhani to remain concerned about his city. Referring to Rouhani’s remarks on Wednesday where he claimed hospital beds in Mashhad are empty, Heydari specifically said, “We are emptying hospital beds to be able to accept chronic patients. Our need for ICU equipment has doubled and the death toll is increasing. At least order ICU equipment to be sent to Mashhad.”

Videos circulating on social media show a hospital morgue in Mashhad full of a large number of COVID-19 victims and corpses in the courtyard as the facility has reached its maximum capacity.

Mohammad Hossein Ghorbani, representative of the Health Ministry in Gilan Province said this area remains a coronavirus crisis center in Iran and the province is currently in sensitive circumstances. The amount of damages resulting from the second COVID-19 wave in Gilan is far more than the first phase.

Mohammad Hossein Najafi, a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) to Rouhani, says the second coronavirus wave in early April will be challenging the country of Iran. What is currently very concerning is the fact that the death toll continues to increase.

Citizen reports from various cities about the COVID-19 epidemic are also quite concerning:

Mashhad: “Shariati Hospital is now full, so is the Imam Reza Hospital. The Qaem Hospital has no empty levels. Hashemi-nezhad Hospital is nearly full and they’re now preparing to transfer patients to the military’s Thamen Hospital. All the while Rouhani says 60 percent of Mashhad’s hospitals are empty…”

Another citizen citing a source in Mashhad’s governorate says, “Due to the drastic conditions, authorities intend to impose martial law in Mashhad starting Thursday or Friday, March 27…”

Markazi (Central) Province – Wednesday, March 25 – “Most of our nurses are infected with COVID-19 and they’re working. Two of them have committed suicide. Three or four of them have died. One of them had a three-year-old child. Please be the voice of the people. We can’t do anything in Iran.”

Karaj, west of Tehran, central Iran – “Hygiene products are very expensive. They just can’t be found. There are textile masks that people have sewed and are selling. Different people are selling at different prices. Useless textile masks are being sold at 100,000 rials each (around 65 cents). Alcohol disinfectants in small amounts are sold at 300,000 rials (around $2.60). The quality disinfectants, including those donated by the World Health Organization, are sold at over 700,000 rials (around $4.60).” This further indicates that regime authorities are receiving foreign aid only to sell them to the Iranian people and thus pocket huge profits.

“Masks donated by WHO are being sold at over 300,000 rials (around $2.60). And they can’t be found everywhere. They’re literally selling donated masks and not providing anything free of charge… There is also a severe shortage in medical staff. They’re not showing up for work because the death toll among them is on the rise. They’re both afraid and don’t have adequate equipment.”