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Iran coronavirus update: Over 101,300 deaths, official warns of “catastrophe” with new wave

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 101,300 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 101,300 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, September 10, 2020—Over 101,300 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 427 cities checkered across all of Iran’s 31 provinces, according to reports tallied by the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as of Thursday afternoon local time, September 10. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 22,798, around a fifth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 7292 in Razavi Khorasan, 4919 in Mazandaran, 4639 in Isfahan, 4192 in Gilan, 2968 in East Azerbaijan, 2868 in Alborz, 2858 in Golestan, 2856 in Fars, 2371 in Kermanshah, 2019 in Kurdistan, 1669 in North Khorasan, 1625 in Kerman, 1327 in Semnan, 1313 in Markazi (Central), 969 in Zanjan, and 747 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 101,300 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 101,300 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

While regime officials in Tehran and various provinces are reporting an increasing number of new Covid-19 cases, regime President Hassan Rouhani once again resorted to more lies today. “The governor of Hormozgan [southern Iran] reported that the province held the recent annual religious ceremonies by abiding by health protocols, reopened schools and sent their kids to class by maintaining their protocols, and all the while the illness is witnessing a decreasing trend. This is a source of pride for us. Some thought the situation will plunge out of control if we allow people to hold religious ceremonies and reopen schools. However, we are seeing that various cultural, educational, religious and economic activities are all being carried out very well because health protocols are abided. There will be a decrease in the illness,” he claimed.”

“In a red zone there is a possibility that the number of new cases each week is more than 10 in each 100,000 people. As a result, a larger number of PCR tests will be positive and the number of people with Covid-19 symptoms seeking attention in medical center will escalate. Schools should be closed, and education provided online in such areas,” said Masoud Mardani, a member of the National Covid-19 Task Force, on Wednesday. “Rushing into reopening schools and sending kids into classrooms as we saw, not having a supervising system and failing to provide necessary training to the teachers will increase the dilemmas ten-fold. The problem is that in late September in addition to Covid-19 we will also be witnessing flu and cold epidemics. Add these conditions to schools where pandemic regulations are not imposed. There may be a catastrophe and we will be facing a new wave of this illness,” he added, according to the state-run Entekhab daily.

Alireza Zali, the head of the Coronavirus Task Force in Tehran, said, “In the past 24 hours, 534 people were hospitalized in Tehran with positive Covid-19 tests. Of these patients, 111 are in ICU. Eighty percent of people who have gone to healthcare centers needed to be hospitalized, which is an increase in comparison to last week. The number of incoming and hospitalized patients has increased by 9.14 percent in comparison to the previous week. If the same growth pattern persists next week, we should expect another peak in coronavirus cases.” (Source: ILNA, September 9)

Jahan-e Sanat quoted the general manager of education in Tehran as saying, “Presently, we see all regions as red and we no longer have yellow or white areas.”

In Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad, the county of Dehdasht is in an alarming state as the county’s capacity for coronavirus patients has been filled, according to ILNA news agency.

The spokesperson of Isfahan Medical Sciences University said on Wednesday that 1,012 coronavirus patients are hospitalized in the province, not counting Kashan and Aran, according to Mehr News Agency, affiliated with the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). “There are 173 patients in ICU and in the past day, 16 patients with coronavirus symptoms have died,” the spokesperson said.

The head of Qom Medical Sciences University said, “From September 9, we will have to consider Qom beyond code-red. In the past day, 92 people with Covid-19 symptoms were hospitalized in Qom, the number of hospitalized patients has reached 440.” (Source: Mehr News Agency, September 10)

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map