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Iran coronavirus update: Over 122,300 deaths, exprt warns of 800 daily deaths in mid-December

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 122,300 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 122,300 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, October 13, 2020—Over 122,300 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 Tuesday afternoon local time, October 13. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 29,070, around a fifth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 29,201 in Tehran, 9200 in Razavi Khorasan, 7838 in Khuzestan, 6339 in Isfahan, 5328 in Lorestan, 5225 in Qom, 4223 in East Azerbaijan, 3372 in West Azerbaijan, 3348 in Alborz, 3228 in Hamedan, 2668 in Kermanshah, 1875 in Kerman, 1470 in Bushehr 1426 in Ardabil, and 1009 in Ilam. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-Over 122,300 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Infographic-Over 122,300 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran


“The number of daily new cases across the country have been escalating during the past month. As a result of this increasing trend, we are witnessing an unprecedented increase in Covid-19 deaths,” said the spokesperson for the regime’s Health Ministry on Tuesday. “Currently, 187 cities are registered as red zones, of which 45 are in far more deteriorating conditions,” she added, according the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

“We had warned about such circumstances from back in March. However, no one listened,” said Mohammad Reza Zafarghandi, head of Iran’s Medical Apparatus Organization on Tuesday. “On day one we had warned about reopening schools and other unscientific decisions made without consulting experts. The trend of Covid-19 deaths among the people and our medical professionals cannot be justified. If active and binding measures are not imposed, we will witness even more deaths,” he added, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).



“Based on the current trend anything is possible. There is this possibility that the number of daily deaths across the country will reach 800 by mid-December if urgent, firm and effective measures are not implemented,” said a medical expert of Tehran University on Tuesday. “Today’s death toll is the result of our measures last month and the number of people hospitalized today is the result of our measures carried out two weeks ago,” he added, according to the Mizan news agency, linked to the regime’s judiciary.

“We have not witnessed such a day during the course of the Covid-19 epidemic when all of our hospitals are full,” said Masoud Mardani, a member of the National Covid-19 Task Force on Tuesday. “For one patient that I want to hospitalize I call seven or eight hospitals and they all say we have no room. And let us not even talk about the other issues. Unfortunately, a large number of medical professionals have contracted the virus and their death toll is high,” he added, according to the state-run Hamshahri daily.

“The Covid-19 death toll has increased, and more than 100 people are losing their lives each day from this illness,” said a senior Tehran city official on Tuesday. “The number of deaths in the past few days have increased significantly,” the official added, according to the Fars news agency, an outlet linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).



“The total number of coronavirus patients in [Isfahan] province, aside from the cities of Kashan and Aran & Bidgol, have reached 1617, of which 327 are in ICUs,” said the spokesperson of the Isfahan Medical Sciences University on Monday. “During the past 24 hours in Isfahan province hospitals we had 34 patients with suspicious Covid-19 symptoms lose their lives and 25 patients confirmed to have contracted Covid-19 also lost their lives,” the spokesperson continued, according to the state-run Khabar Fori website.

“The trend of contracting Covid-19 in Zanjan province is increasing and currently more than 70 percent of the hospital beds across the province are allocated to Covid-19 patients,” said the deputy governor of Zanjan province on Tuesday, according to IRNA.

“Markazi province is now in the most critical stage regarding the Covid-19 outbreak. 287 registered positive cases and 16 people have lost their lives.  Our hospitals are reaching their limit in accepting new patients,” said an official in the Markazi Medical Sciences University on Tuesday, according to Fars news agency.

In Gohardasht prison, Karaj, 119 prisoners have contracted Covid-19, the prison’s medical center has confirmed. At least four prisoners have died of Covid-19 in the last month, as reported by Harana News Agency on Monday.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map