Over 165,200 Deaths

COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 170,200, Regime Officials Point Fingers while Crisis Worsens

Over 165,200 Deaths

The COVID-19 has taken the lives of over 170,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition (PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI)

According to the latest report from the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), more than 170,200 people in 465 cities in all 31 provinces in Iran have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The regime’s official death toll of 47,095 reflects only one-fourth of the actual casualties. The regime official reported 13,721 new cases of COVID-19 and 5,824 COVID-19 patients under ICU care. These numbers are the highest official numbers reported by the regime since the onset of the pandemic, and they are widely understood to be a drastic undercount.

While much of the world has improved outcomes for COVID-19 patients through new treatments and protocols, Iran has been battered by the disease, largely because of the regime’s failure to properly disperse funding is allocated to the Ministry of Health this spring and its refusal to accept aid from Western countries and Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as Doctors Without Borders. Iran is now left without new lifesaving treatments and will potentially be left behind as three effective vaccines are distributed worldwide possibly by the end of the year.

Infighting and the Blame Game

The crisis has caused infighting among regime officials since the beginning of the pandemic, but the recent spike in cases has caused health ministry officials to turn on each other as well. Deputy Health Minister Reza Malekzadeh recently resigned, prompting cancer surgery specialist Dr. Sima Mashayekhi to write an angry editorial in the state-run Sharq daily excoriating the health minister. She wrote, “The fact that the health minister vehemently defends traditional treatments and stands against the scientific beliefs of his research and technology deputy, who himself is a well-known figure in the international science community, is a big question mark for the doctors’ community and the people who trust the health ministry with their health.”

Other regime leaders have focused their ire on Western media and the (PMOI / MEK Iran), claiming that the crisis was overblown. Regime Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli used this well-known tactic on state-tv on Monday. He said, “During the past few days that we have launched an initiative to cover each neighborhood, foreign media outlets and dissidents have all been questioning this plan in Iran and citing various evidence and documentaries to claim it will not be effective. They exaggerate even the very smallest issues.”

A Staggering Death Toll

The COVID-19 crisis in Iran is not exaggerated though, as is evidenced by numerous reports by Iranian health officials. On Tuesday, the dean of West Azarbaijan Medical Sciences University said, “The total number of deaths in the province has reached 2,714 and the number of hospitalized patients is 1,418. We have 306 patients in ICU, 77 of whom are on ventilator support,”

according to the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS)-affiliated Mehr news agency.

Also on Tuesday, the deputy dean of Shiraz Medical Sciences University told state tv, “In the past night and day, we have witnessed 34 deaths and the total number of deaths has reached 2,229. The province still has a high number of hospitalized patients. Today, we had 2,382 hospitalized patients, 397 of whom are in ICU.”

Again on Tuesday, the head of the public relations committee of Kermanshah Medical Sciences University said, “We currently have 889 hospitalized patients, 166 of which are in ICU and 44 on ventilator support,” according to Fars News Agency, affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

The dean of Ardabil Medical Sciences University said that 75 new COVID-19 patients were hospitalized on Tuesday and added, “Unfortunately, half of these patients lose their lives,” according to Mehr.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI): 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.

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