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Iran coronavirus update: Over 149,700 deaths, more officials calling for two-week shutdowns

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 149,700 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 149,700 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, November 10, 2020—Over 149,700 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 Tuesday afternoon local time, November 10. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 39,202, around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 36,311 in Tehran, 11,183 in Razavi Khorasan, 8389 in Isfahan, 6413 in Lorestan, 6285 in Qom, 5422 in East Azerbaijan, 5366 in Gilan, 4125 in Alborz, 4026 in Fars, 3926 in Golestan, 3885 in Hamedan, 3841 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 3278 in Kermanshah, 2692 in Markazi (Central), 2516 in Yazd, 2478 in North Khorasan, 2452 in Kerman, 1405 in Zanjan, and 1368 in Ardabil. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-Over 149,700 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Infographic-Over 149,700 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

“Despite the emphasis by the governor of Tehran province, the National Covid-19 Task Force has rejected a proposal to shut down the city of Tehran for two weeks and there is not an adequate reply on why they have rejected the representatives’ plan,” said Mohsen Ruholamini, a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) from Tehran on Monday, according to the Tabnak website, an outlet linked former Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) chief Mohsen Rezaie.

“Refusing to quarantine Tehran will lead to thousands of deaths. This does not need an overly complicated estimation. Any child can add up the numbers,” said Eghbal Shakeri, another Majlis member from Tehran on Tuesday. “What is more important than people’s lives? There is no reason this blueprint is not accepted. Have some dignity in saving people’s lives,” he added, according to the state-run Hamshahri newspaper.

“We said if no action is taken it is not unlikely that the death rate will double and unfortunately today, we announced the doubling of these stats, meaning 459 people actually died,” said an official of Tehran’s Masih Daneshvari Hospital on Tuesday. “If we fail to take actions again the numbers may escalate even further. Two nights ago, 65 deans of medical sciences universities wrote a letter to the Health Minister requesting a two-week shutdown across the country and not just Tehran. This is needed to break the virus’ chain reaction. This requested is being made by people who have seen the events of the past nine months. Now we are still hearing some say that such a shutdown is useless,” he added, according to state TV.

 

 

“We registered the highest number of daily Covid-19 deaths since the beginning of this pandemic,” said the dean of Ilam Medical Sciences University while reporting 14 deaths in Ilam province during a 24-hour period on Tuesday. “The situation in this province is critical. Right now, there are 392 patients hospitalized. Our assets cannot properly address this issue. We are witnessing more new cases and deaths each day,” the official added, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

“Covid-19 has spread across the province and people are witnessing their loved wines and youths dying each day. Therefore, a complete shutdown and quarantine measures are needed as the most urgent measures,” said a Majlis member from Ilam on Tuesday. “Many of our medical personnel have contracted Covid-19 and we are lacking adequate equipment and supplies. Most of the administrative employees have contracted coronavirus. Their presence in administrative offices and their contact with those who seek administrative services can be extremely dangerous and led to the further spread of the virus. As a result, the best solution is to impose quarantine measures,” the Majlis member added, according to state TV.

“During the past day and night we have lost 27 patients to Covid-19 across Yazd province and 444 new cases have been identified and confirmed,” said the spokesperson of the Yazd Medical Sciences University on Tuesday, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

“576 are hospitalized, of which 126 are in ICUs,” said the head of Qom Medical Sciences University on Tuesday. “In the past 24 hours 12 people who tested positive have lost their lives,” the official added, according to Mehr.

 

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map