What is the Truth About COVID-19 in Iran?
UK Express newspaper acknowledges the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) main opposition force to the present Iranian regime that the official death toll from COVID-19 is far higher than the regime is letting on.
Cases and casualties are typically registered with the Coronavirus Resource Centre at the John Hopkins University and the most recent numbers recorded for Iran are 326,712 with 18,427 deaths. However, the newspaper says that the MEK believes that the number who has died has now gone beyond 85,500.
Over 85,500 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 373 cities checkered across all of Iran’s 31 provinces,…
Referring to information published by the MEK, the UK express reiterates that their figures come from “doctors, nurses, medical staff, mortuaries, morgues, cemeteries throughout the country and from internal claims reports obtained from inside the regime’s institutions and entities”. This is not the only report from the resistance as it has been keeping a tally since February 10th. Even the official figures spell out the disastrous consequences of the pandemic in Iran with the tenth worst death toll in the region.
UK Express writes, if the MEK numbers could be substantiated, Iran may have the worst statistics globally for the deadly virus. The only countries featuring the worst statistics are the United States and Brazil.
#Iran Coronavirus Update
More than 86,200 people have died of the novel #coronavirus in 373 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) August 11, 2020
These MEK numbers were revealed by a report in the Iranian daily paper, Jahan San’at, which announced that there was “no confidence in government figures.” The person who announced these figures was Mohammad Reza Mahboobfar, who is allegedly a member of the National Coronavirus Combat Task Force and a viral epidemiologist. He claims that throughout the outbreak of COVID-19 the government has constantly been covering up the death toll. He said the reason for the cover-up and the lack of transparency was politically motivated. He said, “the number of those infected and dead is one-twentieth of the real and actual figure.’’
As soon as this information was revealed to the public, the regime shut down the news media.
According to the Express report, a BBC Persian service conducted an investigation and discovered when looking at the regime’s records that up to July 20th 42,000 people died with suspected COVID-19 symptoms, which was far higher than the 14,405 reported by the regime’s health ministry.
The source of the information said it was important to get the truth as the epidemic wasn’t the time to play ‘’political games. ‘’
An NCRI member and MEK spokesman, Shahin Gobadi, when speaking to Express.co.uk said that this cover-up should be publicized.
He also said “while devoting Iran’s resources to suppression, terrorism, belligerence and the pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, the regime has refrained from providing the minimum resources save the lives of millions of Iranian in this critical period, which has resulted in massive fatalities. The mullahs’ only concern has been and remains the prevention of another popular uprising, which explains why they have tried to take advantage of the COVID-19 and the strategy of mass casualties as a barrier against the eruption of society. But this will prove futile.”
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) August 10, 2020
‘’Authorities in Iran have come under heavy criticism since the start of the pandemic, as officials have failed to impose any sort of sweeping restrictions or lockdowns,’’ the express reporter said.