MEK Iran: Mullah’s Cover up of Coronavirus Health Crisis
As of Saturday 18th April, more than 33,400 people have died after contracting Coronavirus in Iran. This figure continues to rise as the main opposition to the Iranian regime – the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) – mobilizes to debunk the regime’s dismissal of the scale of the outbreak.
Since the very beginning of the outbreak, the regime has failed to be truthful about the number of victims across the country. It has consistently under-reported the death toll and the Iranian President and the Supreme Leader have tried to convince the population that the outbreak is under control and that the country is dealing with the crisis well.
The latest figures announced by the regime are a fifth of the figures reported by the PMOI / MEK Iran that has been liaising with health professionals including doctors and nurses, and of course the people of Iran.
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) April 21, 2020
The virus has spread to 294 cities across the country and the people have been left extremely vulnerable.
To conceal some of the death tolls, the regime has attributed the cause of numerous deaths to Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) instead of mentioning COVID-19. Hiding the cause of death helps the regime to cover up the number of hospital deaths.
A doctor, the head of the Medical Sciences University in Golestan, has said that 42 physicians in the province are likely to have caught COVID-19. Dr. Fazel said that six of them have been hospitalized and are in critical condition. The former chair of the University of Medical Sciences in Golestan, Dr. Abdollah Abbasi, died last month after contracting the virus.
For those with pre-existing medical conditions, the regime has been attributing their deaths to their health issues – such as heart or kidney problems.
Medical staff in hospitals across the country are appalled at the regime’s deceptive tactics and are speaking out about the situation in their hospitals. They understand that covering up the number of Coronavirus deaths is worsening the situation.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) April 21, 2020
Governments across the world have been transparent about the situation in their respective countries, understanding that they must be truthful about the situation if they are to respond to the crisis in the most effective way possible.
In Firoozgar Hospital in Tehran, any patients that are admitted with symptoms of COVID-19 are registered as respiratory patients and any deaths there are attributed to respiratory diseases.
A lot of the people in Iran that have had symptoms of Coronavirus have not even visited a hospital. They have perhaps gone to their family doctor or simply decided not to seek medical care for whatever reason. These people, without having been tested are unwittingly spreading the virus around their community.
Revealing the true extent of the health crisis would ensure that the regime is met with huge anti-government protests and potentially a massive uprising. But by doing this – ignoring the risks to the lives of the people in Iran – the regime is sending many to their deaths. Its negligence is criminal.