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Iran coronavirus update: Over 137,200 deaths, hospitals are running out of empty beds

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 137,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 137,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, October 30, 2020—Over 137,200 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 460 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 Friday afternoon local time, October 30. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 34,478, around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 33,261 in Tehran, 10,312 in Razavi Khorasan, 7604 in Isfahan, 5156 in Gilan, 4027 in West Azerbaijan, 3805 in Alborz, 3670 in Hamedan, 3608 in Fars, 2953 in Kermanshah, 2195 in Kerman, 2171 in Yazd, 2042 in Markazi (Central), 2037 in Semnan, 1602 in Bushehr, 1387 in Qazvin, and 994 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-Over 137,200 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Infographic-Over 137,200 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

“From March 21 to July 21, we had a total of 241,595 registered deaths (around 1950 per day),” said the spokesperson of Iran’s Census Organization on Friday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency. Prior to this time and again regime officials had reported the number of deaths prior to the Covid-19 pandemic at around 1000 people per day.

“Before the coronavirus pandemic we had around 1000 to 1050 deaths per day, and 380,000 through the course of the year,” said Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on September 13, according to the Javan daily, a newspaper linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

Based on the Census Organization statistics, the total number of people who died from March 2018 to March 2019 were around 375,000 in Iran, meaning around 1028 per day, according to the state-run Hamshahri daily on Friday.

As a result, from March to July 21, an average of 900 people per day and nearly 112,000 have died of Covid-19.

“Our firm suggestion to the National Covid-19 Task Force remains to impose a complete shutdown in Tehran for two weeks,” said Tehran City Council spokesperson on Friday, according to the Mizan news agency, an outlet linked to the regime’s judiciary branch.

“Currently we have 1306 people hospitalized across [Fars] province, of which 190 are in ICUs,” said the head of the public relations office in Shiraz Medical Sciences University on Thursday. “Unfortunately, during the past 24 hours we had a new record number of deaths with a significant increase. Yesterday we lost 25 of our fellow residents in this province and the total number of Covid-19 deaths in Fars has reached 1368,” the official added, according to state TV.

 

 

“Yazd tops the list of new Covid-19 cases. The number of new cases has climaxed in the past ten days. The number of people hospitalized in this province are increasing in a near vertical rate and this is extremely dangerous,” said Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Friday, according to the state-run IRIB news agency.

“The number of new Covid-19 cases in comparison to the population of Yazd province ranks first in the country. The number of people hospitalized has escalated five-fold since early September. This has resulted in enormous pressure on our medical professionals,” said the Yazd Medical Sciences University spokesperson on Friday. “As the number of people hospitalized increases, we need more Covid-19 beds and thus are forced to stop providing medical services to other patients. This will, of course, render other consequences,” the official added, according to the Tasnim news agency, an outlet linked to the IRGC Quds Force.

 

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map