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Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll in 319 Cities Exceeds 42,800

Iran: Coronavirus Update, Over 40,000 Deaths, May 8, 2020, 6:00 PM CEST
Rouhani’s endless lies contradict reports by regime experts and officials

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) announced on May 19, 2020, that the death toll for Coronavirus in 319 cities across Iran had passed 42,800. The number of victims in is Khuzestan is 2,980, Mazandaran 2,640, Alborz 1,645, Lorestan 1,210, Fars 1,035, Kurdistan 790, North Khorasan 505, Zanjan 503, and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad 260. The spokesman for the regime’s Health Ministry in his engineered report today acknowledged that 2,111 people had contracted the virus in the past 24 hours, 62 had died, and 2,698 patients were under intensive care.

Today, Hassan Rouhani claimed, “The government’s actions in the field of health and treatment and the implementation of the health development plan, in dealing with Coronavirus has placed us in a position that we don’t have any shortage of special hospital beds and medical facilities and equipment.” Continuing with his blatant lies, he also claimed, “Not only the production of test kits, ventilators and N95 masks meet the country’s domestic needs, but we also have the power to export these products now.” Rouhani added, “The actions of the 11th cabinet (Rouhani’s cabinet) in the development of cyberspace and communications have made it possible for us to meet the needs of the people by using cyberspace these days.” In addition, he asserted that “coercive force was not used in dealing with the Coronavirus in any way.”

This is while, on May 9, 2020, IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Ashtari, the head of the repressive State Security Forces (SSF), whose remarks were published in the state-run daily Entekhab, stated, “FATA police (Iranian regime’s Cyber Police) have dealt decisively with those who were spreading rumors in the cyberspace and identified more than 1,300 websites and arrested 320 people.”

Continuing the lies churned out by Rouhani, his spokesman Ali Rabiee told IRNA yesterday, “We rank third in the world after China and Switzerland in the recovery and treatment of Coronavirus. We have passed the management phase and controlling the virus phases. Today, we have entered the phase of containing the virus.”

Alireza Zali, the head of the National Coronavirus Combat Taskforce (NCCT) in Tehran, warned of the repeat of what happened in Khuzestan Provinces in other cities. He told the state-run news agency, Mehr, today, “We must not think that Coronavirus has ended in Tehran. It is still prevalent.”

Qom’s Medical Sciences University Dean Mohammad-Reza Qadir told ISNA news agency today, “The situation has not returned to normal yet. The greatest mistake is to portray the situation as being normal.”

Simultaneously, the director-general for the State Medical Organization’s public relations office spoke of 107 deaths among the medical personnel due to the Coronavirus and stressed that these were not all the fatalities. In remarks published by Fars News Agency today, he also said, “We are collecting the exact figures across the country to see precisely how many of the medical personnel have been infected or lost their lives while on duty.”

Director-General of Imen Society was quoted by Shafghana state-run website as saying today, “The figures on the death toll due to Coronavirus is not consistent with the rising number of infected people. We must speak to the people honestly and transparently… How do fatalities decrease under these conditions? Announcing white zones was wrong in the first place.”

Dr. Mohammad-Reza Mahboubfar, a member of the NCCT, told Setareh Sobh today, “In summer and fall this year, we will witness the third and the fourth wave of the virus in the country, which will have greater fatalities and consequences. No such thing as a white zone exists. Not providing the actual figures will cause the people not taking the virus seriously in a large part of society… We predicted that the second wave will begin, and it happened. The second wave was only because of relaxing restrictions … Officials were more preoccupied with social unrest and the economic consequences of the virus…. In our country, a significant number of medical personnel lost their lives and were ranked first in this respect.”

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

May 19, 2020