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Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll Exceeds 44,500 in 323 Cities

Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll Exceeds 44,500 in 323 Cities
Over 44,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran-Iran Coronavirus Death Toll per PMOI MEK sources

  • “Mahshahr hospitals are full. Many of the medical staff have contracted the virus, and there is no substitute for them.”
  • “The government must keep this devastating flood behind the dam because if it enters the city, it does not matter if it is a mosque or a palace, it destroys everything” (ILNA news agency)
  • “Only an excuse is needed. Then, like throwing a lighted match into a haystack, it will destroy everything.” (Resalat daily)

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) announced on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Coronavirus death toll in 323 cities across Iran is more than 44,500. The number of victims in Khuzestan is 3,435, Mazandaran 2,695, East Azerbaijan 1,595, Lorestan 1,380, West Azerbaijan 1,265, Kermanshah 1,045, and Yazd 702.

In Khuzestan, the health director of Mahshahr port told ILNA news agency, today, “The Coronavirus outbreak in Khuzestan has taken an upward trend … In the last few days, Mahshahr hospitals have been overwhelmed with patients. Again, Naft Hospital allocated another ward to Coronavirus patients … Hospital beds are not enough, and there is no room for more patients … Unfortunately, many of the medical staff have contracted the virus, which forced them to quarantine. I emphasize that we have no substitute for them.”

The President of West Azerbaijan University of Medical Sciences told Mehr News Agency, “In the past five days, we have witnessed an increase in the number of patients and hospitalizations … In Mahabad, six patients died in the past few days… Currently, Mahabad and nine other cities are red.”

On May 25, the secretary of the National Coronavirus Combat Taskforce (NCCT) in Bushehr said, “Some people’s disregard has led to an increase in the number of those infected in the past 24 hours.”

In Lorestan Province, “Officials have announced a red state and banned travelers’ entry to the Province,” reported the state-run daily, Iran, today.

In Yazd, deputy head of the Medical Sciences University, told the state TV today, “In certain communities in the Province, a slight increase in the number of suspected infections is witnessed.”

In Khorasan Razavi Province, the head of Mashad’s Medical Organization told IRNA news agency, yesterday, “At least 70 members of the Mashad’s Medical Organization have been infected with Coronavirus since last March… Statistics for infected nurses, whose number would be announced by the Nurses’ guild, should be added to the figure.”

The State-owned daily Sharq wrote today, “We should not declare victory prematurely in the struggle against Coronavirus… Contradictory statements by officials or changing decisions, as well as incorrect projections, show a lack of a clear strategy to fight the virus. Authorities had claimed that the Coronavirus crisis would be curbed before May 20.”

Meanwhile, concern over popular uprisings abounds in remarks by officials and in the regime’s media. Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh was quoted by the state-run ILNA news agency as saying yesterday, “The condition of the country today is far more difficult than the imposed eight-year war [with Iraq]. The difference is that it does not have a significant number of dead or wounded.”

Yesterday, the ILNA news agency wrote, “The Government must stop this destructive flood behind the dam. Because if it were to enter the city… it does not care whether it is the Mosque or the Palace. It will destroy everything… The Government is in an economic recession. Coronavirus is bothering it. Instead of helping, these gentlemen are obstructing it. Even before the convening of the parliament, they are dreaming of impeaching the President.”

Aftab Yazd wrote today, “Wealth becoming bipolar in society is dangerous. Something fundamental must be done to strike a balance in wealth in society.”

Another regime daily, Mostaghel, wrote yesterday, “The bloody November led a significant segment of society to stay away from the elections… That absent 60 percent is not only apathetic to this election (Presidential election) but also is protesting the status quo. The largest and most obvious opponents are the poor and the unemployed.”

Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, President of the Iranian Food Industry Associations, told Etemad online yesterday, “This anger becomes pent up… We cannot continue to do bad things and tell people to tolerate them… The Shah’s Palace is nothing compared to what these [people] are building. Someday, the poor will torch these houses.”

Today, state-run daily Resalat referred to the mismanagement, the “saddening crisis,” and protests by Ahvaz residents. It warned, “Only an excuse is needed. Then, like throwing a lighted match into a haystack, it will destroy everything.”

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

May 26, 2020

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