Iran coronavirus death toll ‘10 times higher than official figures’ in cover-up

Iran’s coronavirus death toll has exceeded over 500 as the outbreak is now out of control, insiders have claimed.

Opposition groups have claimed the amount of people killed by the virus in Iran is being covered up .

The Islamic republic has become the epicentre of the outbreak in the Middle East.

Iranian officials have claimed the death toll hit 54 today – and even that makes it the second highest outside of China.

But insiders have claimed the death toll is actually almost ten times higher – breaking the 500 mark.

And a selection of high profile officials have struck down by the virus, with some even being close advisors of the Ayatollah, 80.

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The People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran have claimed the death toll has exceeded 500.

The opposition group – who live in exile from the state – accused the regime over covering up the death toll.

It is claimed at least 150 victims have died in Qom, 100 in Tehran, 100 in Mazandaran Province, 37 in Arak and Saveh, 37 in Isfahan, Homayounshahr and Najafabad, 24 in Kashan and 22 in Gilan.

And several more people have died in Mashhad, Kermanshah, Karaj, Semnan, Bandar Abbas, Yazd, Ilam, Yasuj, Khorramabad, Neyshabour, and Hamada.

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Iran's regime have admitted Iranian vice president Masoumeh Ebtekar has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

And Ayatollah Hadi Khosrowshahi, the ambassador to the Vatican, has reportedly died of coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Mojtaba Zolnouri, a high profile security chief, has been rushed into quarantine.

Iranian deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi was also taken ill after infamously declaring he was fine at a press conference.

And Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, the former police chief, who met the Ayatollah days ago, has also been diagnosed with coronavirus.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has praised the work of his regime in battling the coronavirus – saying health workers will be rewarded by God.

He said: “Your work is really valuable.”

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington was concerned that Iran may have concealed "vital details" about its outbreak.

He urged all nations to "tell the truth about the coronavirus" as its now spread to every continent worldwide.

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Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said the regime has no places to quarantine any towns and cities despite the outbreak.

Rouhani told a cabinet meeting that health authorities would continue to "only quarantine individuals".

The nation is believed to be the source of cases in the Middle East which are spreading to Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman and Pakistan.

The president also told the cabinet meeting that he had received "promising" reports from the health ministry.

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Coronavirus testing kits have been shipped to the nation by the World Health Organisation

The president urged all locals to avoid travel to areas infected by the coronavirus.

He said: “We have no plan to quarantine any district or any city.

“We only quarantine individuals. If an individual has early symptoms, that person must be quarantined.”

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Shahin Gobadi, of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said “It is quite evident that the clerical regime is covering up the real scope of this disease in Iran, has deliberately misled the public, and failed to take proper actions to deal with this growing threat that has become an epidemic in Iran.

“Lies, and deception, and cover-up are in the regime’s DNA.

“The regime is repeating the same lies regarding the Coronavirus, albeit on a much larger scale, as it did in the aftermath of the downing of the Ukrainian commercial airliner.”

He blamed the Ayatollah for “resorting to a cover up” to ensure high turn outs for the anniversary 1979 revolution on February 11 and the election on February 23

It comes as reportedly British prisoner Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has contracted the coronavirus in Tehran.

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Coronavirus has infected more than 87,000 and killed almost 3,000 worldwide.

The virus has spread round the world after first originating from the city of Wuhan in China.

It is believed to have come from one of the so-called “wet markets” – where live animals are kept in cages before being slaughtered.

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China has highest number of confirmed cases with almost 80,000, with South Korea second with 3,736 and Italy third at 1,128.

Iran is in fourth place with an official figure of 978, but opposition groups fear the figure is vastly higher.

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