As usual, the official death toll provided to the WHO by the regime is far lower, at 28,098.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) October 9, 2020
The provincial breakdown is as follows:
- Tehran: 28,511;
- Razavi Khorasan: 8,970;
- Isfahan: 6,104;
- East Azerbaijan: 3,123;
- West Azerbaijan: 4,158;
- Kurdistan: 2,156;
- Yazd: 1,586;
- Hormozgan: 1,575;
- Ardabil: 1,381;
- Zanjan: 1,118;
- Qazvin: 1,141;
- Ilam: 980.
Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani, is attempting to blame ordinary Iranians for catching the disease and dying in large numbers. He says that Iranians should abide by health protocols, which seems sensible enough until it is recalled that the mullahs’ regime has basically given up on dealing with the virus and has even urged people to go back to work and students to return to school.
Mohammad Reza Zafarqandi, the government-appointed head of Iran's Medical Council (IMC), has blasted the country’s Ministry of Education for deciding to reopen all schools amidst the coronavirus outbreak.#MEK #Iran pic.twitter.com/dAEkIgDju9
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) September 30, 2020
There is a lot of criticism of the regime’s response to the pandemic within Iran, including regime officials themselves, those at the front line in the medical service, and even parliamentarians. Fatemeh Mohammad-Bigi, an MP on the Health Commission, said this about the order to return to school: “Rouhani ordered the schools’ reopening earlier than scheduled despite the fact that our educational system was not ready. A month later a new Covid-19 wave engulfed the country.
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) September 9, 2020
School principals warned Majlis members that a special budget has not been allocated by the Education Ministry to provide sanitizers and masks for the students. Practically the students do not have adequate supplies to protect themselves against coronavirus and therefore school officials are forced to ask their families to fund the budget needed for sanitizers or the teachers have to purchase them.” (as reported by the IRGC affiliated Fars news agency).
#Iran Coronavirus Update
More than 119,400 people have died of the novel #coronavirus in 458 cities checkered across all of Iran's 31 provinces, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) October 10, 2020
Those actually dealing with the disease have been even more forthright about the deficiencies in the regime’s response.
A member of the national Covid-19 Task Force, Minoo Mohraz, said: “Iran is experiencing its most horrific circumstances ever since the beginning of the epidemic. The hospitals are full and there are no empty spaces. We have no empty ICU beds in our hospitals. In some hospitals, we do not even have enough oxygen capsules. We are heading towards conditions where we need to assemble field hospitals and of course there are no field hospitals yet.”(as reported by the Hamshahri daily).
Tehran’s Covid-19 Task Force head, Alireza Zali, was just as unequivocal: “Tehran is in its darkest coronavirus days.”
Masoud Mardani also expressed doubts about the official death toll, stating that he believes it to be much higher than…
A hospital official at Shariati hospital in Tehran said that the conditions in the hospital were like the dark days of the Iran–Iraq war with crowded wards and no room left for new patients in ICU. “More than 50 percent of the medical staff have contracted the virus and two have lost their lives. The medical staff is extremely fatigued, and their abilities have deteriorated significantly. Our equipment and devices no longer meet daily demands. Sometimes, when a device is needed for several hours to save one patient’s life, it is disconnected after just one or two hours, and connected to another patient to save another patient’s life,” said the official.
Similar comments were made by an official at the Loghman hospital in Tehran. “One-third of the personnel in our hospitals have lost their lives or contracted Covid-19. Nurses and physicians are tired and very disoriented psychologically. Our medical system is in crisis. All of this is happening at a time when the number of new cases is increasing day by day,” the official said.
While the regime officials report overcrowded hospitals and a large number of helpless patients waiting in queue to be admitted, especially in #Tehran, Khamenei is not giving any money to combat the #Coronavirus. #Iranhttps://t.co/7k0fM053q2
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) October 6, 2020
Masoud Mardani from the National Covid-19 Task Force said that conditions in Tehran had gone “beyond code red.” Conditions were even worse in other parts of the country, he said.
A third coronavirus wave was being experienced in South Khorasan province, according to the dean of South Khorasan Medical Sciences University.
In Markazi province, a senior medical officer said the number of deaths was far higher than expected. “The medical staff is fatigued and in the past few days, they have been under severe pressure. Their low capabilities will most definitely decrease in the coming days,” he said.
The rapid rise in the number of #Coronavirus victims in #Iran is part of the mullahs' strategy of creating mass casualties to forestall the danger of an uprising and their overthrow. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/Ao8Zh9dYL3
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) October 4, 2020
The National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI), wrote: “The mullahs’ performance in countering the Covid-19 cannot be described as merely irresponsible. All the evidence points to a deliberate strategy to kill the people in order to preserve the mullah’s regime. This is what the Iranian resistance NCRI and the (PMOI / MEK Iran), calls the strategy of causing mass human casualties.”
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI): While the regime officials report overcrowded hospitals and a large number of helpless patients waiting in queue to be admitted, especially in Tehran, Khamenei is not giving any money to combat the Coronavirus.