MEK Iran: As Covid-19 Death Toll Surpasses 121,600, Taskforce Member Says ‘There are no empty beds’
On Monday, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) announced that more than 121,600 people in 458 cities from all 31 provinces in Iran have died from Covid-19. The regime’s official death count of 28,816 reflects approximately one-fifth of the true number of coronavirus fatalities.
Unsafe Conditions in Schools
The regime’s Health Ministry is reporting record numbers of new Covid-19 deaths and unprecedented severe cases of Covid-19 hospitalizations. The rising numbers follow crowded school entrance exams in early September and rushed school reopenings.
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
On Monday, Deputy Speaker of Majlis (Parliament) Seyed Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh wrote a letter to the Education Minister objecting to the reopening of schools. “Conditions in our schools do not guarantee the safety of our children,” he wrote. “Health protocols are not met even in the better parts of our capital… The correct method was to not reopen schools and if necessary, the experts should have chosen to hold online classes,” he added, according to the state-run Resalat daily.
‘This new peak’
Iran has entered yet another peak of coronavirus infections, according to Covid-19 Taskforce head Alireza Zali. “This new peak can be more terrifying, larger, and have a much deeper threshold than the previous waves. An increase in the number of critical patients is predicted. The distance between peaks is shortening,” he said, according to the semi-official ISNA.
#Iran: The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/#MEK) announced on Monday, October 12, 2020, that the #Coronavirus death toll in 458 cities had exceeded 121,600. #COVID19
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) October 12, 2020
The latest surge in infections has strained Iran’s hospitals and healthcare workers past their breaking points according to the reports by NCRI and (PMOI / MEK Iran). On Monday, Covid-19 Taskforce member Minoo Mohraz was grim in describing the state of coronavirus care under the regime’s rule. “There are no empty beds for new Covid-19 patients. Many of the patients are in dire conditions and need to be hospitalized. However, there is no room for them. If such circumstances continue the death toll will increase. Unfortunately, some of our patients do not even reach the stage of being hospitalized,” she said, in comments broadcast by ISNA.
Over 121,600 people have died of the novel #coronavirus in 458 cities checkered across all of #Iran’s 31 provinces, according to reports tallied by the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK as of Monday afternoon local time, October 12.https://t.co/JM8hvCcgPa
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) October 12, 2020
Meanwhile, healthcare workers are contracting Covid-19 at an alarming rate, leaving a diminishing pool of professionals to treat the sick. On Sunday, state TV broadcast a report about the coronavirus. The head of Iran’s Nursing Organization said, “More than 30,500 nurses have contracted Covid-19 to this day, of which 6,000 have not been able to return to work.”
The MEK has previously written about nurses who are denied health benefits and have had their wages delayed for months during the pandemic.
Regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei spoke publicly for the first time in three weeks at a military college graduation ceremony last weekend. Khamenei only briefly mentioned the virus that has ravaged Iran, saying, “As I had told the president and other officials, restrictions for preventing the disease must be mandatory… the people must be careful in taking precautions such as not going on trips and abiding by instructions until we get rid of this disease.”
Maryam Rajavi’s Response
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), condemned Khameini for his failure to take responsibility for the regime’s disastrous response to the coronavirus crisis in Iran.
The abnormal surging trend of the number of #coronavirus victims in #Iran is a product of the criminal policies of Khamenei and Rouhani. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/pvhszcAU0V
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) September 28, 2020
“The regime is setting a new record every day as the death toll and the number of #COVID19 cases is soaring. But Khamenei shamelessly puts the blame on people. The rising numbers of Covid victims in #Iran are not normal and could not be compared to any other country,” she tweeted.
The regime is setting a new record every day as the death toll and the number of #COVID19 cases is soaring. But Khamenei shamelessly puts the blame on people. The rising numbers of Covid victims in #Iran is not normal and could not be compared to any other country.
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) October 12, 2020
She added that the “disastrous spread” of the coronavirus could have been largely contained if the regime had allocated sufficient resources for prevention and treatment. Mrs. Rajavi also stated that Khamenei and Rouhani purposefully allowed mass human casualties as part of a policy meant to prevent a popular uprising that would remove them from power.
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