Iran, April 6, 2020—More than 19,500 people have died in 242 cities across all of Iran’s 31 provinces, according to reports tallied by the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as of Monday afternoon local time, April 6. The regime has only acknowledged 3,739 COVID-19 deaths, less than a fifth of the real figures.
The number of victims in various provinces include: 2,450 in Tehran, 1,700 in Gilan, 1,660 in Isfahan, 1,630 in Mazandaran, 870 in Khuzestan, 860 in Golestan, 730 in Alborz, 370 in Zanjan, 360 in Fars, 320 in Qazvin, 315 in East Azerbaijan, 160 in Ilam, 55 in Southern Khorasan, and 42 in Hormozgan. This is in addition to the recorded deaths in other provinces.
Over 19,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran
Iranian regime president Hassan Rouhani’s decision to restore social norms has further caused conflict among regime officials.
Ahmad Moradi, a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament), said, “Either [Rouhani] has been given false information or he’s doing this out of negligence. I suspect the latter to be true. The president’s decision and argument is 100 percent wrong.”
Parvaneh Salahshuri, another MP, acknowledged that the regime spends stellar amounts on terrorism and other projects that in no way benefit the people. “In one day, the Majlis allocated $200 million to the Quds Force,” Salahshuri said.
Meanwhile, Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council and a close confidant of regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei, tacitly backed Rouhani’s decision and said, “We shouldn’t let the health/economy polarization stop us. Doctors and workers are two key elements of getting out of this crisis.” This proves that the decision to lift quarantines and force people back to work has been approved by Khamenei himself.
Nahid Tajjedin, another MP warned that the continuation of the current situation and the regime’s lack of response to the needs of workers can result in “the constitution of new labor movements” and new threats to the regime’s security.
While regime officials continue to bicker over the crisis, the health workers of Iran are paying the price of their dithering and mismanagement.
According to citizen reports from Saqqez, 40 of the nurses and staff of the Khomeini hospital have contracted coronavirus. Iranian authorities have sent quarantined all of them in their homes without considering their critical conditions.
Due to this decision, one of the nurses named Mohammad Yar Ahmadi, 40, died last night. Yar Ahmadi contracted COVID-19 while treating patients in Khomeini hospital.
In an interview with the state-run Hamshahri daily on April 4, Mohammad Reza Zafarghandi, the president of the regime Medical Council, said, “To date, 170 doctors and nurses in Qom have contracted COVID-19, and 37 of them have died.” Zafarghandi acknowledged, “The entrance of the disease to the country was not taken seriously. If control measures were implemented in earnest, we naturally wouldn’t have been dealing with such widespread contagion of the virus.”
In other provinces, the figures are even higher. In March, the head of the Medical School of Golestan province had said that about 350 of the staff of the province have contracted the virus.
On Sunday, a group of nurses in Emam Reza Hospital, one of the main medical facilities of Mashhad, had held a rally protesting the use of non-standard masks and equipment. The protesters said that several nurses had contracted coronavirus because of the negligence of authorities and lack of access to standard health masks.
Regarding the regime’s secrecy and the Iranian resistance’s revelations, Washington Examiner wrote, “An Iranian resistance group has published government documents it claims prove the Iranian regime was aware of potential coronavirus infections in January, long before acknowledging cases there.”
According to the Iranian resistance’s documents, the regime knew about coronavirus cases several weeks before it officially declared the first COVID-19 deaths.
“These documents show that contrary to the regime’s lies and cover-up, officials, including [Supreme Leader] Ali Khamenei and his president Hassan Rouhani knew of the spread of the virus to Iran at least three weeks before making it public,” Mohammad Mohaddessin, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), told the Examiner. “This makes it palpably clear that the safety, health, and lives of the Iranian people have no value as far as the religious fascism ruling Iran is concerned.”
“Rouhani and other regime leaders are directly responsible and must face justice,” he added.
Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map