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Iran coronavirus update: Over 160,200 deaths, disputes flare among regime officials

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 160,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 160,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, November 19, 2020—Over 160,200 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 Thursday afternoon local time, November 19. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 43,417, nearly a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 39,281 in Tehran, 11,745 in Razavi Khorasan, 9040 in Isfahan, 8905 in Khuzestan, 6730 in Lorestan, 6069 in East Azerbaijan, 5546 in Gilan, 5398 in West Azerbaijan, 4407 in Fars, 4335 in Alborz, 4090 in Hamedan, 4046 in Golestan, 4006 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 3498 in Kermanshah, 3048 in Markazi, 2875 in Kurdistan, 2739 in Kerman, 2553 in North Khorasan, 2409 in Semnan, 1515 in Ilam, 1436 in South Khorasan, and 1255 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-Over 160,200 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran-Iran Coronavirus Death Toll per PMOI/MEK sources

Infographic-Over 160,200 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran-Iran Coronavirus Death Toll per PMOI/MEK sources


“We are not making decisions between good and better. We are not even making decisions between good and bad, or bad and worse. Our decisions are based on the options of worse and the worst,” said Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Tuesday. “The continuation of the status quo and the policy of kicking the can down the road and appeasement that some call for will lead to a prolonging of this epidemic, and a lengthening of its economic impacts with even more severity. There is no single short-term solution,” he said in a state TV interview.

“The government is not helping the people at all,” said former regime president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday. “They are just constantly terrifying everyone and blaming everything on the people. At the beginning for over a month they said Covid-19 has not entered the country! Suddenly, they come and say all stores must be closed at 6 pm! There is no management seen at the policy-making level and among directors. Our medical professionals are sacrificing their lives. You are not providing any solutions and if anyone does provide a solution you shun them! They say people themselves should make ends meet while staying at home! A part of the government is seeking its own political objectives! The medicine that you yourselves say has no effect is now being tested on the Iranian people?! They talk as if we have succumbed to this virus, as if nothing can be done! And they constantly say do not leave your homes! If we are not to do anything, what do we need you for?!” he added, according to the state-run Khabar Fouri website.

“During the past 24 hours we have witnessed 37 coronavirus deaths. Furthermore, 16 people who died yesterday in various cities of West Azerbaijan province tested positive for Covid-19,” said the public relations officer of the West Azerbaijan Medical Sciences University on Thursday. “With these 53 new deaths the total number of deaths in our province has reached 2529. Currently the number of people hospitalized in our province has reached 1574, of which 305 are in ICUs and 88 are under ventilators,” the official added, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

The deputy dean of Fars Province Medical Sciences University said on Wednesday, “In the past day, 39 citizens of the province have died and the number of deaths in Fars province has reached 2,065. We currently have 2,353 hospitalized patients, 361 of whom are in ICU. According to the latest analyses, 31 counties in the province are in special red conditions, four counties are in alarming—or orange—state, and one county is white.” (Source: ISNA news agency, November 18)



The dean of Kurdistan Medical Sciences University confirmed 17 coronavirus deaths on November 18, according to Javan Daily, a newspaper affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). “There are 771 hospitalized Covid-19 patients in the province, and 114 of them are in ICU,” the dean added.

In Zanjan province, the deputy dean of the medical science university said, “Eighty-five percent of hospital beds have been allocated to coronavirus patients, which is very alarming. Covid-19 symptoms such as fever, weakness, breathing difficulties and others have worsened in comparison to past months, and patients are in need of special care. We are using all the capacity of our hospitals.” (Source: ISNA, November 18)

The spokesperson of Yazd Medical Sciences University confirmed 17 Covid-19 deaths on Thursday, according to Mehr News Agency, affiliated with the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). “There are 1,086 hospitalized patients, 214 of whom are in ICU,” the spokesperson added.

The dean of Gonabad Medical Sciences University in Razavi Khorasan province said on Thursday, “The number of coronavirus cases and deaths in counties covered by this university has increased by 60 percent in the past 50 days. Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, 432 members of the medical staff of Gonabad Medical Sciences University have contracted Covid-19.” (Source: IRNA, November 19)

The official IRNA news agency reported that Mashhad’s Ferdowsi University has cancelled all in-person classes of the university until further notice starting from Saturday due to the city’s red status.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map