Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, October 17, 2020—Over 125,500 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 Saturday afternoon local time, October 17. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 30,123, around a fourth of the actual figure.
The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 30,111 in Tehran, 7958 in Khuzestan, 6559 in Isfahan, 5662 in Mazandaran, 5433 in Lorestan, 5305 in Qom, 4936 in Gilan, 4448 in East Azerbaijan, 3591 in Golestan, 3517 in West Azerbaijan, 3443 in Alborz, 3286 in Fars, 1907 in Semnan, 1761 in Yazd, and 1707 in Markazi (Central). This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.
Infographic-Over 125,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran
“Each day more than 100 people are dying of Covid-19 in Tehran and more than 1000 are hospitalized,” said a member of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force on Saturday. “The hospitals in Tehran won’t last more than two weeks. If the Covid-19 trend continues as it is today, we will be needing field hospitals and non-professional centers to provide Covid-19 care,” the official added, according to the state-run Hamshahri daily.
“Tehran is the target of the heaviest Covid-19 epidemic attack. On the front lines we have been forced to change the inner structure of our facility in order to continue our resistance,” said an official of Tehran’s Shariati Hospital on Saturday, according to the state-run Hamshahri daily.
“All of last week’s announced restrictions will continue in Tehran province from Sunday, October 18, until the end of the coming week,” said the governor of Tehran province. “Regarding schools, we are insisting on using online platforms for all schools, universities and other educational facilities,” he added, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency on Saturday.
“A heavy and black Covid-19 wave will take down Tehran. Hospitals of the country’s capital are being allocated to the novel coronavirus one by one,” the state-run Hamshahri daily added on Saturday. “Despite these efforts conditions in the capital are considered dire and will continue to remain as this. Some analysts are expecting these conditions to actually push Tehran’s medical system to the verge of collapsing,” the piece added on Saturday.
“During the past 24 hours 1218 new Covid-19 cases have been registered across Isfahan province, other than the two cities of Kashan and Aran & Bidgol,” said the spokesperson of the Isfahan Medical Sciences University on Friday. “Currently we have 1656 Covid-19 patients hospitalized, of which 329 are in ICUs. During the past 24 hours 29 patients with suspicious Covid-19 signs lost their lives,” according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).
In Qom, head of the local Medical Sciences University said on Saturday that during the past 24 hours “16 people who had tested Covid-19 positive lost their lives and 101 new individuals have been hospitalized. Currently there are 749 coronavirus patients hospitalized, of which 152 are in dire conditions,” according to the Mehr news agency.
“350 Covid-19 patients are hospitalized across the province,” said the deputy dean of Gilan Medical Sciences University on Saturday, adding the number of people hospitalized for coronavirus in the past month has been unprecedented. “85 individuals are under ICUs. The status of Gilan province is red and we will be witnessing harsher conditions,” the official added, according to ISNA.
“The city of Boyer Ahmed is beyond the red zone status and if this trend continues we will be facing far more critical circumstances,” said the dean of Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the Tasnim news agency, an outlet affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force.
“All of our provincial assets have been allocated to addressing the Covid-19 issue. The number of new cases, patients hospitalized, and deaths have all multiplying during the past week. This is a serious alarm bell and an all-out warning,” said the governor of Ilam province on Saturday, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.
Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map