Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, September 27, 2020—Over 110,700 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 444 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 Sunday afternoon local time, September 27. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 25,589, around a fifth of the actual figure.
The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 8191 in Razavi Khorasan, 7128 in Khuzestan, 5449 in Isfahan, 5272 in Mazandaran, 4471 in Gilan, 3593 in East Azerbaijan, 3318 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 3156 in Golestan, 3021 in Fars, 2908 in Hamedan, 2482 in Kermanshah, 2076 in Kurdistan, 1954 in North Khorasan, 1726 in Kerman, 1500 in Hormozgan, 1488 in Yazd, 1440 in Markazi, 1360 in Bushehr, 1327 in Ardabil, 1041 in Zanjan, 1018 in Qazvin, 936 in Ilam, 846 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari, and 802 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.
Infographic-Over 110,700 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran
“The provinces, of Tehran, Isfahan, Qom, East Azerbaijan, South Khorasan, Semnan, Qazvin, Lorestan, Ardabil, Khuzestan, Kermanshah, Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed, Gilan, Bushehr, Zanjan, Ilam, Razavi Khorasan, Mazandaran, Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari, Alborz, West Azerbaijan, Markazi (Central), Kerman, North Khorasan, Hamedan and Yazd are considered red zones,” said the spokesperson for the regime’s Health Ministry on Sunday. “The provinces of Kurdistan, Hormozgan, Fars and Golestan are in warning status. The number of red cities has increased from 102 to 158,” she added, according the regime’s official IRNA news agency.
Regime Health Minister Saied Namaki acknowledges that flights to China should have been stopped back in the fall of last year. “In the latter months of the fall season in 2019 when we received the Covid-19 report from China I realized we will have problems. When I raised the issue of stopping flights to and from China, some people looked at us in very naïve fashion,” he said on Sunday, according to IRNA.
Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi said Tehran’s schools will be closed for one week. “In the third Covid-19 wave the number of new cases and patients hospitalized is far more than the first and second waves,” he said on Saturday. “The number of deaths in some provinces is unprecedented and far more than previous numbers. Our main concern is Tehran province. If provincial officials deem necessary, the one-week closure of schools and universities will be extended,” he added, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet affiliated to the Ministry of Intelligence & Security (MOIS).
Masoud Mardani, a member of the National Covid-19 Task Force, emphasized that this year’s annual Moharam religious ceremonies and the re-opening of schools led to the new Covid-19 surge. “Currently, we are in very difficult circumstances regarding the number of new cases and deaths resulting from the novel coronavirus. Of course, we will be having very difficult weeks ahead of us,” he said on Saturday. “In such times we should not place the blame on the people… It is unjust for any official to place the blame on the people in such critical circumstances. Right now, the number of deaths is around 200 a day and this can reach 400 to 500… Medical centers allocated to Covid-19 currently do not have empty beds,” Mardani added, according to the Etemad Online website.
“Tehran is in a state of complete crisis and it is very dangerous. That is why in a letter to the ministers of Health and Interior we requested that restrictions to be imposed,” said Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force on Saturday, according to Mehr.
“The number of people hospitalized are at times even more than the numbers we saw back in February. This is an alarm bell,” said the deputy chief of Tehran’s Covid-19 Task Force on Saturday, according to IRNA.
“If we continue with this trend, we may be witnessing 600 deaths each day in November. Another estimate shows 900 deaths in December,” said an expert in Tehran’s Masih Daneshvari Hospital on Sunday, according to Mehr.
According to reports from physicians and nurses in the Shohada Hospital of Tehran’s Tajrish district, the number of Covid-19 patients have increased from 55 to 100 in the past ten days alone. From July 22 to September 21, at least 250 people died of Covid-19 and the number of deaths has increased in the past few days. The main issue at hand in this hospital is a shortage in personnel. The wages allocated for personnel working in Covid-19 sections are very low.
At least six Covid-19 patients are dying in Tehran’s Firuzgar Hospital. There are five ICU sections allocated to Covid-19 patients in this facility. The number of people hospitalized in the past few weeks have increased from 70 to 150. Each month 60 to 70 nurses are contracting Covid-19. When their illness period is over, they can no longer return to work due to extreme fatigue. The medical staff is overly exhausted both physically and psychologically.
Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map