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Iran coronavirus update: Over 124,000 deaths, official warns of fourth & even seventh peak

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 124,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 124,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, October 15, 2020—Over 124,000 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 Thursday afternoon local time, October 15. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 29,605, around a fifth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 29,691 in Tehran, 9310 in Razavi Khorasan, 7913 6474 in Isfahan, 5398 in Lorestan, 5265 in Qom, 4393 in East Azerbaijan, 3526 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 3442 in West Azerbaijan, 3388 in Alborz, 3293 in Hamedan, 2708 in Kermanshah, 2134 in North Khorasan, 1893 in Kerman, 1687 in Markazi (Central), 1615 in Hormozgan, 1485 in Bushehr, 1024 in Ilam, 942 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari, and 914 in South Khorasan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-Over 124,000 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Infographic-Over 124,000 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

“The Health Ministry reports those Covid-19 deaths who were in hospitals and had tested positive in its official stats. Many people are in bed in other centers and their homes, where they pass away and are not registered in Covid-19 death statistics,” said Mohammad Ali Mohseni, a member of the Health Committee in the regime’s Majlis (parliament) on Thursday. “It appears the number of deaths is far higher than what is reported. A fourth wave is in the making that is far more dangerous than the previous waves. If we continue as we have during the past eight months, not only a fourth peak, but we will be witnessing a fifth, sixth, seventh and … peak,” he said, according to the semi-official ILNA news agency.

“20 million Iranians with previous conditions are in danger of the novel coronavirus,” said Kianush Jahanpour, head of the Health Ministry’s Public Relations Center on Thursday. “Without restrictive measures and without legal and state means to stop traveling and unnecessary commuting, and making health regulations mandatory, along with all individuals wearing masks, we would not only witness red zone conditions across the country, but we should also be expecting a black fall season,” he added, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

“We already had a shortage in medical professionals. Now, since many Covid-19 patients are in need of special care, the demand for medical professionals has increased significantly,” said the head of Tehran’s Khomeini Hospital on Thursday, according to ILNA.

“A daily death toll of 20 individuals due to Covid-19 in East Azerbaijan province during the past week is a very bad signal,” said the head of East Azerbaijan Medical Sciences University on Thursday. “Fifty percent of the samples taken across the province are positive. This shows that Covid-19 is spreading significantly. To this moment we have identified 42,000 positive cases, of which 4.5 percent have lost their lives. Currently we have 1122 individuals hospitalized. The number of cases in this province is far higher than the country’s average,” this official added,” according to IRNA.

The head of the sanitation network of Maku, Western Azerbaijan province, said on Thursday, “Due to the increase in Covid-19 cases in the past three weeks, the situation has become worse than code-red, which can turn into an irreversible problem. Unfortunately, the number of deaths has quadrupled in comparison to the stats before the new wave. The only hospital of the city has been filled and some patients have to wait their turn to get access to the ICU section.” (Source: Javan Daily, October 15)

The caretaker of Alborz Medical Sciences University reported 22 Covid-19 deaths “in the past 24 hours” on Thursday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency. “The total number of deaths in the province has reached 1,373,” the caretaker added.

As reported by the regime’s state television, the deputy-dean of Fars Medical Sciences University said on Wednesday, “The number of deaths has reached 1,113. Today, we had 1,099 hospitalized patients, 135 of whom are in ICU. Most beds have been filled and many patients are waiting their turn.”

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map