• Rouhani made the bogus claim that in another two and a half months, 13 million people from the high-risk group, i.e., only 15% of the population, will be vaccinated. According to experts, even if this claim is true, which is highly unlikely, the country will face more COVID-19 outbreaks in the coming months and year-round.
• Iraj Harirchi, regime’s deputy Health Minister: The COVID-19 situation is the same as in November, and the rate of infections is higher than in February and summer. There is still pressure on hospitals. (IRNA news agency, May 8, 2021)
• Alireza Reisi, the spokesperson for the National Coronavirus Combat Taskforce (NCCT): In southern provinces such as Bushehr and Hormozgan and in West Azerbaijan, we have confirmed the Indian COVID-19 variant. (Fars news agency, May 9, 2021)
• Ahmadinejad: They (the government) do not manage the COVID-19 crisis. They manipulate the statistics. They themselves have said that the actual figures are double the officially announced figures. The officials have been vaccinated and are living comfortably. (State-run media, Khabar Online, May 9, 2021)
• President of the Tehran Passenger Union: Out of 10,000 union drivers, 60% are unemployed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, 2,000 have contracted the disease, and more than 200 have died. (State-run daily, Hamshahri, May 9, 2021)
• Chairman of Tehran City Council’s Health Commission: Southern regions and districts 10,11 and 12 of Tehran (poor areas) have not received any vaccine. (Fars, May 9, 2021)
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Sunday, May 9, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 541 cities had exceeded 282,900. The number of victims in Tehran has reached 65,471, Isfahan 18,615, Khorasan Razavi 17,445, Khuzestan 17,414, Mazandaran 11,640, Lorestan 11,613, East Azerbaijan 11,563, West Azerbaijan 10,518, Gilan 9,731, Fars 8,992, Alborz 7,588, Sistan and Baluchestan 6,501, Hamedan 6,368, Central Province 5,903, Semnan 4,960, Yazd 4,867,Qazvin 3,289, Bushehr 2,944, and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari 2,320.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
May 9, 2021