Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll Exceeds 27,000 in 267 Cities

NCRI, 13 April 2020

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK)announced on Monday, April 13, 2020, that the Coronavirus death toll in Iran has exceeded 27,000 in 267 cities across the country. The number of victims in Tehran province is 4,300, Gilan 2220, Mazandaran 1860, Khuzestan 1120, East Azerbaijan 790, Hamedan 720, Ardabil 577, Fars 570, Central Province 390, North Khorasan 300, Sistan and Baluchestan 300, and Ilam 210.

According to one of the doctors at Baqiyatallah Hospital in Tehran, at least 4 out of 5 people who die of Coronavirus infection are reported to have died because of acute respiratory illness. Many patients who have a stroke or die due to shortness of breath are reported they have died because of a heart attack. Many Coronavirus patients are released before full recovery without any precautionary measures which can spread the disease.

Hassan Khalilabadi, a member of Tehran’s City Council, warned yesterday about the situation in Shahr-e-Rey and Kahrizak, south of Tehran, “Kahrizak is the red spot of the Coronavirus outbreak…. Some of the victims have been buried in the old cemeteries of Shahr-e-Rey.” Another member of Tehran City Council said, “Tehran’s death toll, which we know of, does not in any way, match the overall figures that are being announced.”

Hossein-Ali Haji-Deligani, a regime parliament deputy, whose remarks while addressing the Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance were published in state-run Hamshari daily, said, “About 3,000 bank employees had contracted Coronavirus, and 42 had died.” Alireza Ghanadan, the Managing Director of Tehran’s Taxi Management and Supervision Organization, announced that 302 taxi drivers had contracted Coronavirus.”

People at home, in the streets, and markets ridicule what regime refers to as the “Smart Social Distancing” plan. The regime experts are also opposing the forced return of people to work under the guise of Smart Social Distancing, which began on Saturday. Today, Abbas Aghazadeh Masrour, head of  the General Assembly of the Medical System Organization told Ressalat daily, “I believe that the Smart Social Distancing, as we see it, is doomed to fail in controlling the Coronavirus epidemic, and the death toll and the number of infected patients are still worrying.”

Today, Abdol-Reza Azizi, head of the Parliamentary Social Commission, told Hamshahri state-run daily, “I have proposed a lockdown. If we do not do this, Coronavirus disease will become chronic in the country, and its social, psychological, health and economic impact will be much greater than when the country is shut down.” If we do not do this and at the same time come up with provisions to provide for the livelihood of the people, the (outbreak) chain will not be cut off,” he added.

Two days after the implementation of the so-called “Smart Social Distancing” project, streets, subways and buses are full of deprived people who have been forced to go to work. This is while, two months after the Coronavirus outbreak, the regime’s leaders, clerics, and their sons and daughters, as well as the newly emerging aristocracy born under the clerical regime are living in complete comfort and have self-Quarantined. As announced by the Iranian Resistance’s Leader Massoud Rajavi on March 7, 2020, Conglomerates under the control of Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei can cover the costs of workers and employees and the general public so that they can remain in quarantine and not fall victim to Coronavirus.

This is a fact that in recent days some of the deputies of the regime parliament and the state media have inevitably admitted and spoken about. Yesterday, Masih Mohajeri, the editor in chief of the state-run Jomhuri Eslami daily, a regime’s official for 40-years, acknowledged, “The problems of the impoverished sectors can completely and in quickly be solved, if  the properties and vast financial resources of the Headquarters To Execute Imam Khomeini’s Order, Mostazafan (Abased) and Astan-e Quds Razavi foundations are used to assist them.” “These properties and assets belong to the people, and it is precisely in such situations that they must be used to solve the people’s problem,” he added. Also, today, state-run daily, Arman, wrote, “Not taking to account the properties it has confiscated, Mostazafan Foundation alone, has 12 holdings and a total of 175 financial companies.”

On another development, today, Mohammad Mirzabeigi, Director General of the Nursing System Organization, told the state-run daily, Etemad, “(In Iran), nurses are highly skilled both scientifically and technically. Their morale is so high that people are amazed, but our equipment is not enough. On the other hand, our numbers are very, very, very, very few. … The president has repeatedly promised to hire 20,000 nurses. About 5,000 to 6,000 have been hired so far, and 3,000 since the crisis. Our dear nurses are exhausted. Our situation was chronic before the Coronavirus outbreak, and now it is worse. … Their wages and overtime are usually delayed by an average of 12 months,” he added.

The situation in the country’s prisons is also deteriorating. More and more prisoners are infected with Coronavirus every day, and some have died. Coronavirus has spread in Zahedan and Tabriz prisons. In recent days, two prisoners died in Ghezel Hesar in Karaj and four in Urmia prisons.

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