- Regime’s Health Ministry, other officials: Alarming situation in provinces of Khuzestan, Isfahan, East and West Azerbaijan, Lorestan, Kurdistan, Kermanshah, Hormozgan, Sistan and Baluchestan, Mazandaran, Hamedan, Kerman, and Ilam.
- 20 of the 28 cities in Khuzestan Province are in red status.
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) announced on Sunday, May 31, 2020, that the Coronavirus death toll in 323 cities across Iran has risen above 48,200. The number of victims in Khuzestan 3,665, Mazandaran 2,745, Sistan and Baluchestan 1,485, Lorestan 1,485, West Azerbaijan 1,310, Kurdistan 920, and Ilam 302.
According to the official news agency, IRNA, on May 31, in his daily briefing of giving out the Coronavirus fatalities, the spokesperson for the Health Ministry announced 63 had died, and 2,516 had been infected over the past 24 hours. He added, “Isfahan, East, and West Azerbaijan, Lorestan, Kermanshah, Hormozgan, and Sistan and Baluchistan are in an alarming situation.” IRNA quoted the deputy chancellor of the Medical Sciences University in Tehran as saying, “We don’t have any clean (virus-free) hospital…because the dormancy period of Coronavirus is a long one.”
Deputy Chancellor of Ahvaz University of Medical Sciences in Khuzestan told IRNA today, “Twenty out of 28 cities in Khuzestan Province are in red status. The cases of infection in the Province are numerous and beyond expectations. Following the reduction of the restrictions in Khuzestan in mid-April, the virus has been spreading exponentially.”
Javan’s website affiliated to the IRGC quoted Mohammad Molavi, a regime parliament deputy from Abadan, as saying today, “The Coronavirus is rampant in Khuzestan. People in Khuzestan are perishing. The daily number of patients in Khuzestan ranks first in the country.” In Dezful, the Quds Force affiliated news agency, Tasnim wrote today, “the number of patients is continuing to rise exponentially, and this upward trend has caused a wave of concern among the people. The people blame the upward trend on authorities’ incompetence.”
Borna News Agency, reporting from Isfahan, quoted the President of the University of Medical Sciences as saying on May 30, 2020, “So far, 1,000 people have died of Coronavirus… The medical staff are still struggling with Coronavirus.” In another interview, he told the Qalam website on May 30, “1,100 patients with definite and suspected Coronavirus infection have died in Isfahan, not including the Kashan region … Doctors and nurses claim they have not been paid since March 2019 and June 2019, respectively, and our priority is to pay them off.”
Reporting from Kurdistan, Imna news agency quoted Gharib Sajadi, member of the Sanandaj City Council, saying on May 30: “The situation is critical. To pretend the situation is normal, under any pretext, aims to conceal the problem… Unfortunately, the death toll, according to Aramestan Organization is higher than the official figures on most days. Recently, five and sometimes six dead have been buried every day in Behesht-e Mohammadi suspected of Coronavirus infection.” On May 30, Tasnim news agency quoted the Vice-President of Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences saying, “The rising trend of spread of Coronavirus in three cities of Sanandaj, Saqez, and Marivan is very worrying,”
In Hamedan, Avecinna Medical Sciences University’s Vice-President told ISNA news agency on May 31, “There have been cases of the virus’s surge among families and in small neighborhoods which were in contact with each other.” The Qods Force’s news agency, Tasnim, reported on May 30, “In Hamedan Province, hospitals report of shortage of ICU beds for non-Coronavirus patients. In the past few days, we have witnessed the shortage of ICU beds in Beheshti Hospital and sick patients being in limbo.”
President of Tabriz Medical Sciences University in East Azerbaijan was quoted by Entekhab daily on May 30, “Considering that restrictions have been lifted, we are witnessing the rise in Coronavirus infections, especially among young people. Fifty percent of those infected are under 50 years of age.”
In Kerman, Jiroft Medical Sciences University President was quoted by Tasnim news agency as saying yesterday, “The spread of the virus in Kerman’s southern cities has reached a critical state. Thirty-five percent of those infected in the southern part of Kerman are public workers and employees. Under the circumstances, any form of the gathering must be prevented.”
According to the official news agency, IRNA, on May 31, Qasr-e Shirin Governor (in Kermanshah Province), said, “The situation in the city is alarming because of the rise in the number of Coronavirus infections.”
While referring to the rise in the number of hospitalized patients in Ilam Province, its Governor was quoted by Tasnim on May 31, as saying, “The rise in Coronavirus infections in Ilam is alarming and must be taken seriously.”
IRNA reported today that Mazandaran, with 300 patients who are hospitalized with “acute respiratory conditions,” is among eight provinces which “have reached an alarming state.” In the mullahs’ lexicon, “acute respiratory condition” means imminent death.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
May 31, 2020