MEK Iran: Largest Single-Day Increase in Coronavirus Infections in 33 Days
More than 41,500 people in 317 cities in all 31 provinces in Iran have died of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to figures issued Wednesday by the MEK. The regime has officially reported 6,783 deaths, a number that has been contradicted by a number of its officials.
Reported deaths by province include:
- Tehran: 6,885
- Mazandaran: 2,535
- Isfahan: 2,490
- Khuzestan: 2,360
- East Azerbaijan: 1,465
- Hamedan: 1,165
- Sistan and Baluchistan: 1,110
- Lorestan: 1,105
- Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari: 350
- Other provinces: 21,745
A Rising Number of Infections
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) May 14, 2020
On Wednesday, the regime’s Ministry of Health reported 1,985 new cases, the largest single-day increase in the past 33 days, reported MEK official website. This is particularly concerning, considering that only a small percentage of coronavirus cases in Iran are confirmed by regime authorities.
In the capital city of Tehran, 273 coronavirus patients were admitted to hospitals within the past 24 hours, Alireza Zali, head of Tehran’s COVID-19 Task Force HQ announced on Wednesday, May 13.
While these numbers are alarming on their own, they do not reveal the extent of the crisis. In an article published in the state-run Setareyeh Sobh daily on April 25, Dr. Younesian, a member of the Tehran Medical Sciences University Scientific Board, cautioned that the number of hospitalizations does not reflect the number of coronavirus cases. “If we take into account that only 20 percent of the number of cases are hospitalized and only half of them are actually tested, one can say the true number of cases is around 20 times more than what is being reported,” he said.
The number of cases in Sistan and Baluchistan Province has also risen dramatically in the past 24 hours, according to the deputy dean of the Zahedan Medical Sciences University.
Medical experts in Iran cite the regime’s decisions to lift quarantine restrictions in mid-April for the resurgence of infections. Officials in the Ministry of Health and the regime’s coronavirus task force cautioned against the move but were overruled by regime leaders including the Minister of the Interior and President Hassan Rouhani, who insisted that the country must be reopened immediately.
As the people of #Iran have been saying, the regime is the virus that presents the greatest threat to the people. Its negligence is criminal and it must be held accountable.https://t.co/s3LFSa4TrB#MEK #COVIDー19 #COVID19 @USAdarFarsi
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) May 14, 2020
Statement from Maryam Rajavi
“The main culprit in the spread of the coronavirus is the ominous Velayat-e Faqih regime which turned Iran into the epicenter of the outbreak in the Middle East through its covering up of the outbreak, plundering the public’s wealth, ineptitude in handling the crisis and discrimination. As a result of this conduct, the tally of those losing their lives due to the coronavirus in Iran is far above the total of Covid-19 deaths in the Middle East countries with a population of 400 million, even according to the regime’s false data,” she said.
“The clerical regime’s parliament (Majlis) published a report on 25 billion dollars’ worth of goods smuggled into the country in 2016-2017 is a telling example of the mullahs’ plunder, embezzlements and pilfering. According to the Majlis report, more than 95 percent of all smuggled goods are done in official channels and under official procedures,” she added.
Mrs. Rajavi noted that the MEK has argued for years that the regime’s factions control the smuggling that takes place in Iran, with the Supreme Leader and Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) taking the largest share. This massive greed and corruption by the regime’s leaders is the flip side of the poverty suffered by the people of Iran, who lack the resources to fight the coronavirus, argued Mrs. Rajavi.
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