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Iran coronavirus update: Over 161,500 deaths, officials forecast daily death rates in four digits

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 161,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 161,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, November 20, 2020—Over 161,500 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 Friday afternoon local time, November 20. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 43,896, nearly a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 39,651 in Tehran, 11,780 in Razavi Khorasan, 9115 in Isfahan, 6755 in Loresna, 6600 in Qom, 6502 in Mazandaran, 6159 in East Azerbaijan, 5596 in Gilan, 5493 in West Azerbaijan, 4442 in Fars, 4355 in Alborz, 4096 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 3518 in Kermanshah, 3078 in Markazi, 2911 in Kurdistan, 2812 in Yazd, 2769 in Kerman, 2583 in North Khorasan, 1815 in Hormozgan, 1790 in Ardabil, 1734 in Bushehr, 1658 in Qazvin, 1545 in ILam, 1530 in Zanjan, and 1159 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-Over 161,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran-Iran Coronavirus Death Toll per PMOI/MEK sources

Infographic-Over 161,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran-Iran Coronavirus Death Toll per PMOI/MEK sources

 

“What has the country’s university research apparatus done on Covid-19? What article have they presented to the sitting minister saying if you do this and that our health apparatus will be heading in better directions? Provide me one model on Covid-19 showing the estimates were correct,” said Health Minister Saeid Namaki on Thursday. “Not even one estimate was right. Name me one minister who can manage the country’s health apparatus with such failed research results. The estimates so far have not been correct and ten epidemiologic models have been provided to me, none of which were correct and none were adequate to take any measures,” he added, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

“Any unnecessary presence around the city is an invitation to death. Today the entire city of Tehran is contaminated with Covid-19 and there is nearly no area that can be described as clean from the virus,” said Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force on Thursday. “Many on social areas across our city are contaminated or literally engulfed with the virus. That is why all of Tehran is considered high-risk areas,” he added, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

“Four-digit daily death numbers are not far from expectation,” said the deputy chief of Tehran’s Covid-19 Task Force on Friday. “The main objective of our plan is to shut down all occupations for two weeks and impose other limitations to provide a relative calm for our medical professionals. Although even such a measure is not considered a step that would firmly remedy the status quo,” he added, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

The spokesperson for the Isfahan Medical Sciences University said 42 people have died in this province during the past 24-hour period. Currently there are 2043 patients in hospitals across the province, aside from the cities of Kashan and Aran & Bidgol, of which 363 are in ICUs, the official added.

The head of public relations of Hamedan Medical Sciences University said on Friday, “In the third coronavirus wave, the rate of deaths has tripled in comparison to previous waves. In the first wave and second waves, we had four and seven daily deaths respectively. In the third wave we have reached 15 daily deaths.” (Source: Tasnim News Agency, November 20)

Javan Daily, a newspaper affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), quoted the health deputy of South Khorasan Medical Sciences University as saying on Thursday, “There are 380 hospitalized patients in the province, 50 of whom are in ICU and 23 are in critical conditions. In the past 24 hours, coronavirus claimed 14 lives.”

On Thursday, the head of media relations of Razavi Khorasan Medical Sciences University said on the state-run television, “Our numbers are very high, we have more than 2,000 patients in the province’s hospitals. Every day, we have 250-300 new patients in Mashhad University and near 400-450 patients in the entire province.”

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map