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Latest News in Brief – March 23, 2020

March 23, 2020: Latest News
March 23, 2020: Latest News



Over 10,500 people across 212 cities in Iran dead of coronavirus, per Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

The PMOI/MEK announced this afternoon, Monday, March 23, 2020, that the number of Coronavirus victims in 212 cities has surged by more than 10,500. The number of victims in Isfahan has exceeded 600 and in Kashan it has exceeded 500, with at least 1262 in the whole Isfahan province. So far 872 people have been dead in Khorasan Razavi, 83 in Zanjan, 160 in Ardabil, 536 in Golestan, 369 in Khuzestan, 41 in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad, and 40 in Semnan.

Many people who were discharged from hospital died at home within a week, according to doctors in Gilan, but their numbers are not among the dead.



Female Peddlers Forced to Sell in Subways as Coronavirus Spreads in Iran

Low-income female peddlers still need to make a living – whether on the street or in the subway system. With the spread of coronavirus, there are fewer pedestrians. As a result, female peddlers have no choice but to sell their goods to customers on the subway.

One peddler, Zahra, lugs a bag of unsold shawls as she gets off at the last station on the line. Zahra has two daughters, both of whom are students.

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11 dead, many injured as floods rampage Iran’s southern provinces

Floods block roads to 54 villages of Hormozgan Province in southern Iran – March 2020

Floods across Iran’s southern provinces are causing havoc and destroying people’s lives, killing at least 11 and leaving many injured in the past two days. A 32-year old woman and a five-year-old girl in the city of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran, and a 58-year old man in Larestan have lost their lives due to the floods. These unfortunate incidents have also left behind many injured, two of which are in Bandar Kangan near Bushehr, southern Iran, and another in the city of Darab. Rains were reported on Sunday, March 22 in the provinces of Hormozgan, Fars, Bushehr, Sistan & Baluchistan, and Kerman.

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Amid Coronavirus, Floods in Iran Kill Dozens; Regime Has Not Taken Any Action

Floods across Iranian southern provinces have so far claimed the lives of 11 people and created another humanitarian crisis amid the coronavirus outbreak in Iran.  

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Coronavirus Outbreak in Iran: As Death Toll Gets Close to 10,000, Khamenei Foolishly Blames U.S.

Iran, Qom - Burial of a coronavirus victim
Iran, Qom – Burial of a coronavirus victim

The coronavirus outbreak has so far claimed the lives of 9,600 people, according to reports published by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), yet the Iranian regime’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, instead of acting, blames the United States for this crisis.  

In this regard, on March 22, Khamenei, blatantly said: “Firstly, you (The U.S.) are facing shortages of your own … If you have anything, use it yourself. Secondly, you have allegedly produced the virus. One must be insane to trust that you will bring medicine. Your drugs may even spread the disease further or make the virus permanent. Or, if you send a doctor or physician, you may want to closely test the toxic effects of the virus you have created. Because it’s said that given the knowledge about Iranian genes, part of the virus has been especially created for Iran.” 

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Romanian Lawmakers Support Coronavirus Victims in Iran, Condemn Regime’s Cover-Up

Romanian lawmakers, members of the Romanian Parliamentarian Committee for Free Iran, in a statement on March 21, expressed their solidarity with the victims of the coronavirus outbreak in Iran and also condemned the regime’s cover-up and failure to help the victims, which has resulted in an overwhelming increase of fatalities. According to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK) nearly 10,000 people have lost their lives.

Members of Romanian Parliamentarian Committee for Free Iran 

Mr. Romeo Nicoara – Mr.  Titus Pasca  –  Mrs. Cristina Iurisniti –  Mrs.  Maria Eugenia Barna  –  Mrs. Maria Grecea  –  Mr.  Adrian nicolae Deaconu  Mr.  Andrei Gerea –  Mr.   Janil Budorescu   and   Mr. Petru Stirbate

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Maryam Rajavi: My sympathies to our compatriots stranded in nine Iran provinces surrounded by Floods and overflowing of rivers.

My condolences to families of the victims in Larestan and Bandar Abbas.

As in the Corona outbreak no relief efforts could be expected from the mullahs’ depraved regime. The people of Iran become victims of preventable incidents.



Iran: Surging Coronavirus death toll Over 9,600 die in 210 cities

Maryam Rajavi: Khamenei’s remarks show regime’s deadlock, fear of uprisings

Iran: COVID-19 outbreak, Kamkar hospital, Qom
Iran: COVID-19 outbreak, Kamkar hospital, Qom

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) announced this afternoon, March 22, 2020, that the Coronavirus death toll has risen to more than 9,600 in 210 cities across Iran. The number of victims in Tehran province is at least 1,500, in Ardabil 120, in Kerman 160, in Mazandaran 620, in Isfahan 690, in Golestan 490, in Lorestan 180, and Qazvin 250. In Qazvin, hospitals are filled with patients, and Qazvin’s International Exhibition Center has also been dedicated to Coronavirus patients. At the same time, the number of victims in Qazvin and other cities, including Kordkuy, Maku, Neyshabur, Semnan, and Aliabad, is increasing daily.

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21 Nobel Laureates, Condemn Iran Regime’s Cover-Up Over Coronavirus Outbreak, Calling It a Crime Against Humanity

Nobel laureates
Nobel laureates

21 Nobel laureates from US, Canada, Germany and Norway in a letter to the United Nations’ Secretary-General Antonio Guterres while condemning the Iranian regime‘s catastrophic cover-up of the coronavirus outbreak which has resulted in the deaths of thousands of Iranians and described it as  a crime against and strongly condemned it.

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Iran coronavirus outbreak: Nearly 10,000 dead across 210 cities

According to some reports, ten former director generals of Iran’s Health Insurance Organization wrote a letter to regime President Hassan Rouhani saying, “If urgent action is not taken today, there is a high probability that we will be facing major dilemmas in April following the mistakes in estimates back in February. This includes a continuation of threats endangering people’s health and the country’s administrative system will be engulfed with this issue in the coming months.”

Former Iranian health minister Seyed Hassan Hashem Ghazizadeh wrote on his Instagram page on Sunday, March 22: “From mid-December 2019 I had expressed my concerns about coronavirus to the country’s senior officials, including the President. However, most of my efforts have not been very effective as of now.”

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Iran news in brief, March 23, 2020

Iran: Coronavirus Claims Lives of 9,600 in 210 Cities

21 Nobel Laureates, Condemn Iran Regime’s Cover-Up Over Coronavirus

Iran 70 Political Prisoners Protest Spread of Coronavirus



Monday, March 23, 2020, marks the 130th day since the beginning of the nationwide Iran protests.

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) has identified 755 of the more than 1500 protesters killed by the regime so far.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has called on the United Nations to urgently send an international fact-finding mission to Iranian prisons to meet with the detainees.


Number of uprising cities: 191

Number of martyrs: At least 1500

Number of injured: More than 4,000

Number of detainees: More than 12,000

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