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Iran coronavirus update: Over 102,200 deaths, 3rd wave will be much stronger, officials warn

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 102,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 102,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, September 12, 2020—Over 102,200 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 Saturday afternoon local time, September 12. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 23,029, around a fifth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 6737 in Khuzestan, 4714 in Ifsahan, 4540 in Lorestan, 4232 in Gilan, 3138 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 2958 in East Azerbaijan, 2889 in Golestan 2883 in Alborz, 2871 in Fars, 2567 in Hamedan, 2391 in Kermanshah, 1635 in Kerman, 1579 in North Khorasan, 1337 in Markazi (Central), 1337 in Semnan, 1319 in Yazd1237 in Ardabil, 669 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed, and 592 in South Khorasan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-Over 102,200 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Infographic-Over 102,200 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

Regime President Hassan Rouhani was furious over the revelation of the regime’s criminal policies. “Some people are angry, especially the anti-Iranian channels outside of Iran, over the fact that everything is going as it should and managed properly regarding the Covid-19 issue, and they are upset,” he said on Saturday. “Iran has adopted the best method to confront the novel coronavirus to continue our daily activities and also abide by health protocols… Families should take into consideration their interests and those of their children, and not pay any attention to the propaganda launched by other countries… We don’t know how long Covid-19 will last. It is not certain to one specific area. The entire country and the whole world are dealing with this issue… If people don’t abide by health protocols, we will be facing troubles in the fall season,” Rouhani added in yet another attempt to blame the country’s Covid-19 crisis on ordinary people. These preposterous lies from Rouhani are stated at a time when one week after reopening schools there have been many cases of children, from seven to 17 years of age, contracting the virus. Dozens of cases have been reported in one city of Lorestan province alone.

Mehdi Esmaili, member of the Majlis (parliament) education and research committee, said, “The education ministry acted hastily in reopening schools. Reopening was supposed to proceed according to the conditions of the virus in each region, but the education ministry decided to reopen schools across the country without conferring with MPs. If we want to hold in-person classes, schools must be disinfected every day and students must be required to use masks and disinfectant gel, which would impose heavy costs on families. We also need to take temperatures constantly, for which we aren’t ready.” (Source: Tasnim News Agency, September 12)

According to the state-run Khabar Fori website, Massoud Mardani, member of the Coronavirus Task Force said, “For 20 years that a domestic company is saying we’ll be putting the vaccine for the flu at the people’s disposal… I assure you that this company will not do this… Don’t count on producing the vaccine inside the country.”

Payam Tabarsi, the head of infectious diseases at Tehran’s Masih Daneshvari hospital, said, “Even when the Covid-19 peak subsided, hospital bed were not emptied, which shows we have not been able to contain the spread of the virus, and the third wave will be much stronger than the first and second waves.” (Source: Mehr News Agency, September 12)

The dean of Isfahan Medical Sciences University said, “The number of positive Covid-19 cases is increasing and is headed toward a new peak. The population of Isfahan constitutes seven percent of the country’s population, but nearly a third of the country’s new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours belong to this province. I advise parents to avoid sending their kids to school if they have the means of virtual education.” (Source: Aftab News, September 11)

The dean of Abadan Medical Sciences University, Khuzestan province, confirmed that the number of coronavirus cases has increased by a factor of 2-3, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency. “We expect the next three to four weeks to be very difficult. The biggest problem is the shortage of nursing staff. We’re low on nurses and those who are working are very tired from the long stretch of the outbreak,” the dean said.

The manager of the infectious diseases group of Norther Khorasan Medical Sciences University said, “This province has been in red conditions for a long time and we currently have no white cities.” The official added that ever day, 160-175 new patients are hospitalized and 3-6 people die of coronavirus, according to ISNA.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map