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Iran coronavirus update: Over 126,300 deaths, experts describes conditions as “atrocious”

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 126,300 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 126,300 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, October 17, 2020—Over 126,300 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 Sunday afternoon local time, October 18. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 30,375, around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 30,311 in Tehran, 9465 in Razavi Khorasan, 6599 in Isfahan, 5702 in Mazandaran, 4478 in East Azerbaijan, 3558 in West Azerbaijan, 3468 in Alborz, 3343 in Hamedan, 3311 in Fars, 2763 in Kermanshah, 2251 in Kurdistan, 2154 in North Khorasan, 1948 in Kerman, 1801 in Yazd, 1630 in Hormozgan, 1448 in Ardabil, 1039 in Ilam, 962 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari, and 879 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-Over 126,300 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Infographic-Over 126,300 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran


“The number of cities in red conditions have increased from 187 to 215. This week the number of people seeking medical treatment for Covid-19, those hospitalized, and the death toll escalated in comparison to the week before,” said the spokesperson for the regime’s Health Ministry on Sunday. “The average number of people hospitalized in each hospital has reached 15.8 people for every 100,000 and we continue to witness a rise in the number of people hospitalized. The highest number of people hospitalized are in the provinces of Qom, Lorestan, Ilam, Kurdistan, Yazd, Semnan and South Khorasan. Conditions in Qom and Lorestan are far more concerning than the others. The average death toll is reported at 23.5 for each million people. This is around three people per million more than last week. The highest Covid-19 death toll are reported from the provinces of Qom, Markazi, Ilam, West Azerbaijan, Alborz and East Azerbaijan. The provinces of Qom, Markazi and Ilam are far more concerning than other provinces,” she added, according the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

“Covid-19 tests are only 50 percent capable of identifying coronavirus in a patient’s body. That is why the real number of cases and deaths are around two-and-a-half times the official numbers,” said Deputy Health Minister Reza Malakzadeh on Sunday, according to the state-run Alef website.

“All the problems are being placed on the state and blamed on the Supreme Leader [Ali Khamenei]. They have created a restive atmosphere with the problems they have created. The society is in extremely poor conditions,” said Ahmad Hossein Falahi, a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) on Sunday during an open session. “One person is dying of Covid-19 every six minutes in this country. Our casualties are many times higher than the first days of the Covid-19 crisis. No one is thinking about a solution,” according to the Majlis news agency (known as Khaneye Mellat).

“Covid-19 conditions in this country are atrocious and there are no empty beds in our hospitals,” said Masoud Mardani, a member of the regime’s National Covid-198 Task Force said on Sunday. “Fundamental measures are needed to confront the third Covid-19 wave. If the status quo continues the novel coronavirus will be out of our control,” he added, according to IRNA.



“In Tehran province there are still 1.5 to two times more people being hospitalized each day than those released. The numbers of 5300 hospitalized patients, of which 1200 are in ICUs in Tehran, are concerning,” said Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Saturday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“The Covid-19 death toll in Tehran is 14,931 and will soon surpass the 15,000 mark,” said a member of the Tehran City Council Health Commission on Sunday, according to the state-run Hamshahri daily.

“These days Covid-19 is spreading like a storm,” said a member of Tehran’s Islamic City Council on Sunday. “To contain the third Covid-19 wave all activities in Tehran and other major cities across the country need to be brought to a halt for at least two weeks,” he added, according to IRNA.

“ICU beds in Tehran are nearly all full and in the near future there is a possibility that all hospitals will be full,” said the deputy of Tehran’s Covid-19 Task Force on Sunday. “Non-urgent surgeries in Tehran are banned until further notice in order to provide more services to Covid-19 patients. Although a full lockdown will be exceedingly difficult or challenging, considering the fully critical situation of the Covid-19 virus it appears only such measures can bring the illness under control. We are in extremely concerning circumstances,” he added, according to IRNA.

“The number of Covid-19 deaths have multiplied in [Ilam] province. The number of new cases increased from 135 in one week to 1138,” said the deputy of Ilam Medical Sciences University on Sunday, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the Ministry of Intelligence & Security (MOIS).

“Twenty Covid-19 patients have lost their lives in the past 24 hours. The total number of coronavirus deaths have reached 1413 in our province,” said the caretaker of Alborz Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to Mehr.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map