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Iran coronavirus outbreak: More than 1,000 dead—MEK sources

Coronavirus outbreak in Iran: Deadly virus spreading at an alarming rate
Coronavirus outbreak in Iran: Deadly virus spreading at an alarming rate

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, March 2, 2020—As of 8 pm local time on Monday, March 2, the nationwide coronavirus death toll in Iran has exceeded 1,000, according to the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI /MEK).

Around 300 victims in Qom, 209 in Tehran, 61 in Isfahan, 92 in Gilan, 58 in Golestan, 48 in Central, 45 in Kermanshah, 37 in Fars and more than 100 in Mazandaran have lost their lives, according to the statement.

 

 

The cities of Bushehr, Zanjan, Khorramdareh, Iranshahr, Saqqez, Baneh, Chaypareh, Urmia, Ilam, Samaleh, Salehshahr, Mahshahr, Ahvaz, Andimeshk, Sarbandar, Tabriz, Bonab, Yasuj, Khorramabad, Malayer, Hamedan, Neyshabur, Kashmar, Mashhad, Karaj, Sorkheh Hesar, Semnan, Shahroud, Yazd, Qazvin, and Bandar Abbas also witnessed several people dying to the illness. A PMOI/MEK activists and members of Resistance Units, who had rushed to the aid of the infected compatriots, are among the victims.

 

 

Citing credible hospital sources in Iran the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) are reporting more than 300 people have died of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the city of Qom, central Iran, where the first cases of the virus were reported. These statistics are a round-up of numbers tallied as of 12 am local time on Monday, March 2. The latest MEK report prior to this update from Qom indicate a total of 650 COVID-19 deaths across Iran.

The tally has probably risen even further following the latest reports from Qom. These atrocious figures are a result of the regime’s refusal to provide necessary reports of the coronavirus prior to the February 21 sham parliamentary elections in Iran.

 

In a shocking revelation, the Iranian regime's Deputy Health Minister Ghasem Janbabaei acknowledged in an interview with state TV that over 12,000 people have been hospitalized after being diagnosed with the coronavirus and this is only 20 percent of the individuals who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

“Less than 20 percent of individuals testing positive for the coronavirus actually enter hospitals. 80 percent of individuals who are infected with the coronavirus either have slight symptoms or their conditions allow them to remain at home,” Janbabei said.

In this interview the Deputy Health Minister sidestepped a question about why members of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) were tested while people who show symptoms should undergo testing.

 

 

UPDATE: 2:00 PM CET

A citizen from Kangan, southern Iran, on Sunday said: “At least five people were reported having coronavirus symptoms. However, they kept a lid on these reports so that no one would be informed that this illness has reached our city, too. However, everyone already knows, and authorities are preventing people from taking any footage.”

A citizen from Hashtgerd, northern Iran: “None of the pharmacies have gloves, masks, rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizing gels. Authorities, especially plainclothes agents, have all the pharmacies and clinics under close supervision. Even the city’s medical center is taking no measures in this regard. All storeowners who have closed-circuit cameras have been ordered to inform authorities if anyone is seen taking footages. And, the state police are going around downloading all the footage of closed-circuit cameras in stores across the city.”

In the towns of Savojbolagh and Nazarabad in northern Iran reports indicate people cannot find any masks, sanitizing gels or gloves. Authorities and plainclothes agents are seen controlling ordinary bystanders and not allowing anyone take any footages.

A report indicates a number of coronavirus patients have been transferred in the past few days the from city of Kazerun to Shiraz, south-central Iran, where they are quarantined, including a family of three; a mother, father and 15-year old child.

Another report indicates10 individuals were diagnosed with the coronavirus and were hospitalized in the Imam Hossein Children’s Hospital located in the outskirts of Isfahan, central Iran.

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It has now become clear that the best and most medical resources have been allocated to Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, other regime officials and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). On February 27, the state-run Khabar Fouri website reported coronavirus test kits were transferred to the home of Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar and all her colleagues and family members were tested.

In another case, Khamenei was seen in an interview in his library with a pager-like device in his hand to call for physicians whenever he needed.

The regime is allocating medical resources to its ranks and file while their own deputy health minister acknowledges that around 60,000 people are diagnosed with the coronavirus and 80 percent of population who don’t have the means to seek medical treatment in hospitals are seen collapsing in streets and other public areas.

While enjoying the most advanced medical facilities, Khamenei and other senior regime officials have been downplaying Iran’s coronavirus crisis since early February to prevent a low voter turnout in the regime’s sham February 21 parliamentary election. Last week, Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani ridiculously claimed conditions will return to normal by Saturday, February 29.

Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), expressed her condolences to the Iranian people, especially the residents of Qom, and called for international sympathy to help save the lives people in this city.

“The death toll due to the coronavirus (COVIDー19) is rising all across our country occupied by the mullahs. Once again, I urge WHO to immediately dispatch their supervisory and medical teams to Iran. With utmost regret, the number of victims of coronavirus (Covid-19) in Qom has been rising quickly. My condolences to the people of Iran and esp. the dear people of Qom. I urge the international community to help save the lives and health of the Iranian people,” Madam Rajavi added.

 

 

The Daily Start of London published a piece saying coronavirus deaths in Iran, which have been covered up, is ten-fold the official numbers reported by the government. The UK is immediately pulling out unnecessary staff from its embassy in Tehran.

The governor of New York says the first coronavirus case detected in this state is a woman around the age of 30 who was infected with the virus during a visit to Iran, Reuters reported. Kazakhstan has also banned the entrance of Iranian citizens due to the coronavirus spread in Iran. This virus has spread to 33 countries across the globe in the span of nine days.

The Iranian regime is also facing a domestic trust crisis.

“Why do the people now hate state media? The reason is that they either don’t tell the truth or provide fake news. Anyhow, no one trusts them,” an article read in part in the Iran daily, the known official government mouthpiece.

And in further signs of the coronavirus becoming an epidemic in Iran, 20 Majlis (parliament) members have tested positive for the virus, according to the state-run Mehr news agency.

Majlis member Bahram Parsaie says the World Health Organization should come up with an urgent plan to contain the coronavirus in Iran and the truth is far beyond the official numbers provided.

In more troubling news, despite the fact that regime officials claim they would be testing people at exits of Qom to make sure coronavirus infected cases don’t leave the city, reports indicate these measures have not been implemented. Commuting has been ongoing to Qom, known as the epicenter of Iran’s coronavirus outbreak, sources add.

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