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Iran coronavirus update: Over 157,900 deaths, senior official warns of four-digit daily deaths

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 157,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 157,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, November 17, 2020—Over 157,900 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 465 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 17. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 42,461 nearly a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 38,591 in Tehran, 11,700 in Razavi Khorasan, 8880 in Isfahan, 8870 in Khuzestan, 6675 in Lorestan, 5892 in East Azerbaijan, 5268 in West Azerbaijan, 4320 in Fars, 4065 in Hamedan, 4016 in Golestan, 3916 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 3453 in Kermanshah, 2978 in Markazi, 2742 in Yazd, 2678 in Kerman, 2528 in North Khorasan, 2390 in Semnan, 1780 in Hormozgan, 1733 in Ardabil, 1719 in Bushehr, 1610 in Qazvin, 1450 in Ilam, and 1235 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-Over 157,900 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran-Iran Coronavirus Death Toll per PMOI/MEK sources

Infographic-Over 157,900 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran-Iran Coronavirus Death Toll per PMOI/MEK sources

 

“One of the most time periods in the country’s coronavirus history is the two weeks that start this Saturday. If we let our guard down, we will witness four-digit daily death stats,” said Health Minister Saeid Namaki on Tuesday. “Neglect during this period means defeat, meaning if anyone violates the rules, we must not show mercy. Every individual can be considered a virus bomb because today the virus can spread to ten different people and the illness has become a family issue,” he added, according to the Tasnim news agency, an outlet linked to the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force.

“We are not choosing between good or bad. We must choose between bad and worse. We all need to know this because we are paying a major cost in human lives, and economic and social losses,” said Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli on Sunday. “This is why we are forced to decide and the decision between bad and worse. Any decision we make will come with a price. No decision is without cost,” he added in an interview with state TV.

“On Covid-19 decisions are made spontaneously and made on opinions. The Majlis (parliament) makes a decision for our colleagues and the government makes another decision, and another branch makes their own decision,” said the spokesperson of the Majlis Judicial Commission. “It is very unfortunate the Majlis Presidium is so passive in this regard. I issued notes many times to the National Covid-19 Task Force needs to provide a report. Was that one [billion] euro received or not, how are economic issues to be resolved,” the official added, according to state radio.

“The coronavirus trend in Isfahan has constantly been on the rise and medical professionals have not been in peace for a minute since the beginning of this illness,” said the dean of Isfahan Medical Sciences University on Tuesday. “Since September more than 50 percent of the Covid-19 tests have been positive. We even witnessed 354 deaths across the province in one week,” the official explained, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), adding 3090 people have died of Covid-19 in 22 cities of Isfahan province.

 

 

“In the past 24 hours we witnessed a new record of 19 deaths in the province of Ardabil from coronavirus. Currently the cities of Ardabil and Meshginshahr are considered black areas,” said the dean of Ardabil Medical Sciences University on Monday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

In Kermanshah, head of the Kermanshah Province Covid-19 Task Force public relations office referred to 17 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours to say the total number of deaths in this province has reached 1116, according to a Tuesday report wired by ISNA.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map