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Iran coronavirus update: Over 111,300 deaths, official says country is in “continuous epidemic”

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 111,300 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 111,300 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, September 28, 2020—Over 111,300 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 Monday afternoon local time, September 28. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 25,779, around a fifth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 26,531 in Tehran, 7218 in Khuzestan, 5484 in Isfahan, 4945 in Qom, 4933 in Lorestan, 3668 in East Azerbaijan, 3171 in Golestan, 3100 in Alborz, 2929 in Hamedan, 2916 in West Azerbaijan, and 1466 in Semnan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-Over 111,300 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Infographic-Over 111,300 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

“Available beds to hospitalize Covid-19 patients are very scarce now and many of our hospitals have numerous Covid-19 patients in their emergency branches. However, they cannot be transferred to ordinary branches or even the ICUs,” said a senior member of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force on Monday. “The number of dire patients and those who need to be transferred to ICUs have increased. They have reached the 35 percent mark in some hospitals. This has made managing the status quo exceedingly difficult. However, the main threat indicator is the number of patients that have been placed in the emergency section and are waiting to be transferred to ordinary branches. This is an alarm bell because each day 600 to 700 people are being hospitalized in Tehran and the number of those released are low because the patients are in dire conditions,” he added, according to the Fars news agency, an outlet linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

 

 

“The number of patients being hospitalized and released shows that we are far beyond the first, second or third wave. We are facing a continuous epidemic. The transmission trend of this virus continues, and we are facing new conditions each day,” said the dean of Tehran Medical Sciences University on Monday, according to Fars.

“During the past two weeks across the city of Eslamshahr we have seen an increasing number of new cases, patients hospitalized and deaths due to the novel coronavirus,” said the governor of this city, located southwest of Tehran, on Monday. “Furthermore, the peak of this virus during the fall season has yet to begin,” he added, according to Fars.

“Students are attending schools in smaller numbers and it is less than ten percent these days,” said the head of the city’s Education Department on Monday, according to Fars.

In Kerman province, south-central Iran, physicians and nurses are reporting that Afazalipour and Payambar Azam hospitals are filled with Covid-19 patients and all ICU beds are full. The number of Covid-19 deaths are extremely high and 119 of the medical staff in Afazalipour Hospital have contracted the virus. The hospital is facing a severe shortage in N95 and even ordinary masks for the physicians and nurses. There is also a shortage in ventilators and many other necessary supplies and equipment. The number of patients is so high that other hospitals in Kerman, such as the Imam Hossein and Bahonar facilities, are gradually being filled with Covid-19 patients.

“The number of cases among kids between the ages of six and 18 have been announced. However, there is no research to see if these individuals contracted Covid-19 in their classrooms or not. The Education Ministry has instructed there be no discussions in this regard,” said a health official in Razavi Khorasan province on Sunday, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence & Security (MOIS).

The political and security deputy of Qazvin provincial governorate said on Sunday, “The growing trend of covid-19 infections is alarming and we must take measures to prevent the spread of this virus. Restrictions must be increased because the situation today is much worse than what we saw in March. The Coronavirus Task Force suggests that universities, schools, seminaries, technical educational centers… be shut down for one to two weeks. Yesterday, we had 70 new hospitalized coronavirus patients, which happens very rarely. The number of deaths is equivalent to March and May. The situation in Qazvin is past code-red. We have not empty beds. Currently, we must hospitalize new patients in the hallways of hospitals. We are in the process of building field hospitals for special patients.” (Source: ISNA news agency, September 27)

The dean of Qom Medical Sciences University confirmed 121 new hospitalized Covid-19 patients on Sunday, according Javan Daily, affiliated with the IRGC. The dean also confirmed 14 deaths on Sunday and said, “There are currently 739 coronavirus patients in medical centers of Qom, and 123 of them are in ICU in critical conditions.”

According to a statement by the Coronavirus Task Force in Western Azerbaijan province, 102 patients were hospitalized on Monday. “There are 734 Covid-19 patients in Western Azerbaijan and 137 of them are in ICU,” the task force reported according to Fars News Agency.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map