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Iran coronavirus update: Over 117,900 deaths, Tehran in its “darkest coronavirus days”

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 117,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 117,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, October 7, 2020—Over 117,900 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 450 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 Wednesday afternoon local time, October 7. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 27,658, around a fifth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 28,091 in Tehran, 8880 in Razavi Khorasan, 6014 in Isfahan, 3123 in East Azerbaijan, 3132 in West Azerbaijan, 2141 in Kurdistan, 1586 in Yazd, 1575 in Hormozgan, 1381 in Ardabil, 1118 in Zanjan, 1099 in Qazvin, and 980 in Ilam. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-Over 117,900 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Infographic-Over 117,900 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran


While the mullahs’ regime and the health apparatus are refusing to provide even minimum support to the Iranian people in order to correctly address Covid-19, regime President Hassan Rouhani once again held the Iranian people responsible for the ongoing crisis in Iran. “We must all abide by the health protocols. No one can violate these regulations,” he said on Wednesday. “Wherever we have cultural and social advances these days, they will be victorious against coronavirus. Otherwise, God forbid, in places where people do not abide by the law, and regulations specified by the National Covid-19 Task Force, we will be facing difficulties,” Rouhani continued.

“Rouhani ordered the schools’ reopening earlier than scheduled despite the fact that our educational system was not ready,” said Fatemeh Mohammad-Bigi, a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) Health Commission on Wednesday. “A month later a new Covid-19 wave engulfed the country. School principals warned Majlis members that a special budget has not been allocated by the Education Ministry to provide sanitizers and masks for the students. Practically the students do not have adequate supplies to protect themselves against coronavirus and therefore school officials are forced to ask their families to fund the budget needed for sanitizers or the teachers have to purchase them,” she added, according to the Fars news agency, an outlet linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

“Iran is experiencing its most horrific circumstances ever since the beginning of the epidemic,” said Minoo Mohraz, a member of the National Covid-19 Task Force on Wednesday. “The hospitals are full and there are no empty spaces. We have no empty ICU beds in our hospitals. In some hospitals we do not even have enough oxygen capsules. We are heading towards conditions where we need to assemble field hospitals and of course there are no field hospitals yet,” she added, according to the state-run Hamshahri daily.

“Tehran is in its darkest coronavirus days,” said Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force on Wednesday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“The current circumstances are exactly like the 1980s Iran-Iraq war,” said a Shariati hospital official in Tehran. “The hospital is so crowded and there is no room for new patients. The medical staff cannot do anything. Three ICU branches and four general sections, each with 35 or 36 beds, were emptied for Covid-19 patients. They’re all filled with these patients now. Right now, more than 150 patients are in the emergency and ICU sections. More than 50 percent of the medical staff have contracted the virus and two have lost their lives. The medical staff are extremely fatigued, and their abilities have deteriorated significantly. Our equipment and devices no longer meet the daily demands. Sometimes, when a device is needed for several hours to save one patient’s life, it is disconnected after just one or two hours, and connected to another patient to save another patient’s life,” the official added.



“All warnings were issued. Decisions were made without any consideration to the warnings,” said an official of Tehran’s Loghman Hospital on Wednesday. “One third of the personnel in our hospitals have lost their lives or contracted Covid-19. Nurses and physicians are tired and very disoriented psychologically. Our medical system is in crisis. All of this is happening at a time when the number of new cases is increasing day by day. There are several people in Loghman Hospital’s emergency section waiting to be hospitalized. At times patients are sleeping on the ground. The devices can no longer address the status quo. Our devices, such as ventilators and other equipment, are all wearing out, and there are no replacements,” the official said, according to the state-run Entekhab daily.

“Conditions in Tehran province have gone far beyond code red. Most of the hospitals do not have any empty beds. 105 hospitals across Tehran are hospitalizing Covid-19 patients,” said Masoud Mardani, a member of the National Covid-19 Task Force on Wednesday. “Conditions in other parts of the country are even worse than Tehran,” he added, according to ISNA.

“During the past few days we have been witnessing a third coronavirus wave in [South Khorasan] province,” said the dean of South Khorasan Medical Sciences University on Wednesday. “The number of Covid-19 patients being hospitalized in the past two weeks have increased significantly,” he continued, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

“The number of deaths in the past two months have been far beyond our expectations,” said a senior medical official in Markazi (Central) province on Wednesday. “The city of Doleyjan has constantly been considered a red or orange zone since the beginning of the Covid-19 epidemic. The number of people hospitalized are far beyond the normal capacity and ICU branches are always full of coronavirus patients. The medical staff is fatigued and in the past few days they have been under severe pressure. Their low capabilities will most definitely decrease in the coming days,” the official added, according to ISNA.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map