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Iran coronavirus update: Over 121,600 deaths, official says there are no empty beds available

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 121,600 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 121,600 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, October 12, 2020—Over 121,600 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 458 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, October 12. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 28,816, around a fifth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 28,971 in Tehran, 9155 in Razavi Khorasan, 7793 in Khuzestan, 6269 in Isfahan, 4278 in East Azerbaijan, 3486 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 3342 in West Azerbaijan, 3323 in Alborz, 3206 in Fars, 2176 in Kuridstan, 2114 in North Khorasan, 1860 in Kerman, 1640 in Markazi, 1600 in Hormozgan, 1171 in Qazvin, 1158 in Zanjan, 927 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari, and 899 in South Khorasan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-Over 121,600 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Infographic-Over 121,600 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran


The regime’s Health Ministry spokesperson announced the mullahs’ engineered Covid-19 numbers on Sunday as 272 deaths and 4533 patients in dire conditions. These are record numbers since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and unprecedented during the past eight months.

“Conditions in our schools do not guarantee the safety of our children,” said Seyed Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh, deputy speaker of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) on Monday in a letter to the Education Minister. “Health protocols are not met even in the better parts of our capital… The correct method was to not reopen schools and if necessary, the experts should have chosen to hold online classes,” he added, according to the state-run Resalat daily.

“More than 30,500 nurses have contracted Covid-19 to this day, of which 6,000 have not been able to return to work,” said the head of Iran’s Nursing Organization on Sunday, according to state-TV.

“There are no empty beds for new Covid-19 patients. Many of the patients are in dire conditions and need to be hospitalized. However, there is no room for them. If such circumstances continue the death toll will increase. Unfortunately, some of our patients do not even reach the stage of being hospitalized,” said Minoo Mohraz, a member of the National Covid-19 Task Force on Monday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.



“For the first time on Friday, more than 5,200 beds were filled in Tehran,” Iranian regime health minister Saeid Namaki said on Sunday. “In previous peaks, it was around 4,700. This new figure is very alarming,” Namaki added, according to the state-run Iran Press news website.

The semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Alireza Zali, the head of the national Covid-19 Task Force, as saying, “This new peak can be more terrifying, larger, and have a much deeper threshold than the previous waves. An increase in the number of critical patients is predicted. The distance between peaks is shortening.”

“One-hundred percent of ICU beds are filled, and we don’t have a single free bed while, unfortunately, the number of patients is rising,” the head of Tehran’s Sina hospital said on Sunday. “We might have as many coronavirus deaths as the Iran-Iraq war,” he added, according to Donya Eqtesad website.

A statement issued by the Isfahan Medical Sciences University on Sunday reads in part: “In the past 24 hours, there were 1,069 positive covid-19 tests, 215 people were hospitalized, and 34 people died. In Kashan, Aran, and Bidgol counties, 53 patients were hospitalized with acute respiratory symptoms and seven people died.”

The caretaker of Alborz Medical Sciences University said, “In the past 24 hours, 18 covid-19 patients lost their lives and the total number of deaths in the province has reached 1,322.” (Source: ISNA, October 12)

According to Javan, an outlet affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), the deputy dean of Eastern Azerbaijan Medical Sciences University reported that on Monday, there were 26 coronavirus deaths as opposed to 18 on the previous day.

Regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei, who had remained silent in the past three weeks, spoke at the graduation ceremony of the regime’s military college. In his remarks, Khamenei made passing reference to the coronavirus outbreak and said, “As I had told the president and other officials, restrictions for preventing the disease must be mandatory… the people must be careful in taking precautions such as not going to trips and abiding by instructions until we get rid of this disease.”

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said that while the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths continues to increase, Khamenei is throwing the ball in the people’s court. The growing trend of coronavirus deaths is in no way natural and incomparable to other countries. If government facilities were allocated to helping prevent the spread of the virus, the scale of the disaster would have been much smaller. Khamenei and regime president Hassan Rouhani aim to create a human shield against their overthrow through massive coronavirus casualties, Madam Rajavi stressed.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map