Iran: Coronavirus death tally is now 39,300, 6560 in Tehran alone
The Coronavirus death tally in Iran surpassed 39,500 on Wednesday, according to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
The latest totals for death tolls in the provinces are as follows: Tehran is 6560, Khuzestan 2015, Lorestan 990, Fars 1005, Kurdistan 640, Qazvin 445, Bushehr 435, and Hormozgan 163.
Of course, as always, we should note that this is just the minimum. The regime is still doing its best to prevent the true numbers of victims by intimidating healthcare workers and family members into recording inaccurate causes of death.
However, even regime officials are beginning to reveal part of the scale of the outbreak.
Alireza Zali, head of the National Coronavirus Combat Taskforce (NCCT) in Tehran, said that the Coronavirus situation in Tehran and other metropolitan areas is “unstable and fragile” because of a “lack of health protocols”.
While Khuzestan governor Gholamreza Shariati, told the state-run Fars News Agency: “The rate of the disease outbreak in Ahvaz is high, as is the Coronavirus infection in Ramshir (southwest Iran), and in Ahvaz, the death toll has increased for those under the age of 60.”
If regime officials are admitting to this, then the situation might be even worse, as medical officials have recently made clear.
In Dezful, doctors have said that when the regime began forcing people to return to work, the number of infections rose sharply. They said that 15-20 people have died from Coronavirus in recent days.
While Hossein Farshidi, president of Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences expressed concern over the sudden increase in Coronavirus infections in Bandar Abbas, noting that the “unnecessary” movement of people and crowds “make it difficult to cut off the Coronavirus transmission chain”.
Indeed, the increase in Coronavirus patients there over the past two weeks, compelled Deputy Health Minister Iraj Haririchi to visit Bandar Abbas, according to Fars news agency.
The president of Semnan University of Medical Sciences Navid Danaei said that there are no virus-free zones in the cities that they cover.
As Coronavirus infections and deaths rise in Khuzestan and Hormozgan provinces, the regime has increased repressive measures and arbitrary arrests.
The Hormozgan State Security Forces (SSF) said yesterday that they had identified and arrested the person accused of “disturbing the public in cyberspace” by publishing accurate information about the virus, while the head of SSF in Khuzestan said that eight people had been arrested in the city of Shadegan.