Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, March 22, 2020—Over 9,600 people have died of coronavirus across 210 cities in Iran as of Sunday afternoon local time, March 22, according to Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). At least 1,500 people have died in Tehran Province. Other provinces are as follows: 690 in Isfahan, 620 in Mazandaran, 490 in Golestan, 250 in Qazvin, 180 in Lorestan, 160 in Kerman and 120 in Ardabil, etc. All hospitals in Qazvin are full of COVID-19 patients and the Qazvin International Exhibition has been allocated to coronavirus patients. Furthermore, the death toll is rising in the cities of Qazvin, Karankui, Makuk, Neyshabur, Semnan and Ali Abad, etc.
In other reports, ten former director generals of Iran’s Health Insurance Organization wrote a letter to regime President Hassan Rouhani saying, “If urgent action is not taken today, there is a high probability that we will be facing major dilemmas in April following the mistakes in estimates back in February. This includes a continuation of threats endangering people’s health and the country’s administrative system will be engulfed with this issue in the coming months.”
Former Iranian health minister Seyed Hassan Hashem Ghazizadeh wrote on his Instagram page on Sunday, March 22: “From mid-December 2019 I had expressed my concerns about coronavirus to the country’s senior officials, including the President. However, most of my efforts have not been very effective as of now.”
In such circumstances Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei dedicated the majority of his 40-minute long remarks on Sunday to his previous speeches and only talked about the COVID-19 crisis for a few minutes. Khamenei went on to say why his regime refuses aid from the U.S. in confronting coronavirus, even accusing the U.S. of creating COVID-19 and sending it to Iran.
Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), condemned Khamenei’s remarks. “In addition to showing his cold-heartedness regarding coronavirus patients, it also displays the regime’s complete inability and deadly impasse, along with the mullahs being utterly terrified of possible protests in the near future. At a time when this catastrophic issue has engulfed all of Iran and the number of COVID-19 victims are increasing on a daily basis, Khamenei provides no solution and not even a pledge to provide aid to the people.”
“By ridiculously claiming that the U.S. created coronavirus, Khamenei is attempting to cloak the regime’s incapability in confronting COVID-19 and the mullahs’ criminal role in the explosive spreading of this virus across Iran. Khamenei is also attempting to divert the people’s anger towards the U.S. However, these excuses are no longer effective and will simply further anger the Iranian people,” Madam Rajavi added.