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Iran coronavirus update: Over 139,400 deaths, massive surge in daily Covid-19 deaths & cases

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 139,400 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 139,400 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, November 1, 2020—Over 139,400 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 462 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, November 1. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 35,298, around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 33,781 in Tehran, 10,577 in Razavi Khorasan, 8303 in Khuzestan, 7739 in Isfahan, 6052 in Mazandaran, 5918 in Lorestan, 5186 in Gilan, 4882 in East Azerbaijan, 4097 in West Azerbaijan, 3860 in Alborz, 3761 in Golestan, 3725 in Hamedan, 3663 in Fars, 3656 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 2491 in Kurdistan, 2241 in Yazd, 2227 in Kerman, 2102 in Markazi (Central), 2062 in Semnan, 1617 in Bushehr, 1548 in Ardabil, and 1407 in Qazvin. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-Over 139,400 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Infographic-Over 139,400 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran


The regime’s Health Ministry spokesperson announced the mullahs’ engineered Covid-19 numbers on Sunday as an unprecedented 434 deaths in the past 24 hours. “We may witness more unfortunate Covid-19 death statistics in the near future,” she added, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

“The Tehran Health Committee, including the City Council, Covid-19 Task Force, and the Majlis (parliament) Health Commission, suggested to the National Covid-19 Task Force to impose a two-week shutdown in Tehran in order to have people stay in their homes during this period,” said the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force deputy chair on Sunday, according to IRNA.

“During the past week in Semnan and Lorestan provinces 21 in every 100,000 people have contracted the virus, ranking first and second in the country,” said Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Sunday. “During the past week 36 in every one million people have died of Covid-19. The death rate and number of new cases are exceedingly high in the provinces of Ilam, Kurdistan, Hamedan, Markazi, East Azerbaijan, Kerman, West Azerbaijan and Razavi Khorasan. The highest daily death toll is in West Azerbaijan province,” he added, according to the Javan daily, a newspaper linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

“The number of registered daily deaths is being announced at above 300 to 400. The Medical Apparatus Organization, with its field analysis in hospitals and burial sites has obtained a number being at least three times the official death toll. Fifteen percent of those hospitalized for Covid-19 are dying,” said the Medial Apparatus Organization chief on Sunday. “This stat in other numbers stands at around five percent. Of course, there are also other countries that are between two and three percent. Therefore, we are among the top five countries in daily Covid-19 deaths. Coronavirus deaths stands at 15 percent in our hospitals. Furthermore, 40 to 50 percent of the Covid-19 deaths in our hospitals are cases prior to reaching the ICU, meaning the patient either dies in the emergency section or in the Covid-19 branch… We have a limited number of ICU beds in our hospitals. One of the most serious problems in our hospitals is that we do not have enough oxygen capsules for our patients. A leading issue I raised in my letter to the President is that our hospitals need to be provided with an adequate supply of oxygen capsules. Oxygen therapy is among the two or three main methods treatments for Covid-19,” he added, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.



Minoo Mohraz, a member of the National Covid-19 Task Force, said, “During this period, the number of cases has not only not reduced, but has increased at a frightening rate. Schools, universities, restaurants, shopping centers… must be shut down for at least a weak so that the number of cases declines a bit because the situation is very frightening and there is practically no room in hospitals. We physicians are dispirited because the number of critical patients and deaths has increased. This mental condition also affects the body. The medical staff are being eliminated one by one, and they are very few.” (Source: Setareh Sobh, November 1)

The Tehran City Council chief said, “The number of Covid-19 casualties in Tehran has equaled all other death causes in the last ten days of October. In comparison to last year, deaths in Tehran have increased by 100 percent. Covid-19 deaths in Tehran in the first eight months of the Persian calendar year (March-October) is several times the average casualties during the [Iran-Iraq] war and the peak of the revolution. Contrary to the first and second wave, the third wave that began in September has intensified, and if no effective measures are taken, it will result in a humanitarian tsunami.” (Source: ISNA, November 1)

Another member of Tehran’s city council said, “The people have lost hope due to poverty and fear of Covid-19. The social situation is very fragile. The government does not accept shutting down cities like Tehran which have become coronavirus hotbeds. I request the National Covid-19 Task Force and the president to not lose more time and to implement the two-week lockdown of Tehran as soon as possible and provision the main needs of the people during this period.” (Source: ISNA news agency, November 1)

The head of Tehran Nurses Administration said, “In the past few months, 5,000 nurses across Tehran and 20,000 across the country have contracted coronavirus.” (Source: Fars News Agency, November 1)

The caretaker of Ardebil Medical Sciences University said, “In the past 24 hours, 10 Covid-19 patients have lost their lives, which is incomparable to the previous days. The ICU section does not have the capacity to accept more patients.” (Source: Mehr News Agency, November 1).

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map