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Iran coronavirus update: Over 164,000 deaths, over 40,000 in Tehran alone

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 164,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 164,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, November 22, 2020—Over 164,000 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 Sunday afternoon local time, November 22. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 44,802, nearly a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 40,391 in Tehran, 11,850 in Razavi Khorasan, 9275 in Isfahan, 6840 in Lorestan, 6660 in Qom, 6532 in Mazandaran, 6294 in East Azerbaijan, 5733 in West Azerbaijan, 4507 in Fars, 4410 in Alborz, 3168 in Markazi, 2941 in Kurdistan, 2934 in Kerman, 2862 in Yazd, 1820 in Ardabil, 1688 in Qazvin, 1605 in Ilam, and 1560 in Zanjan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-Over 164,000 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran-Iran Coronavirus Death Toll per PMOI/MEK sources

Infographic-Over 164,000 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran-Iran Coronavirus Death Toll per PMOI/MEK sources

“We cannot control this pandemic with the current short-term planning that we are witnessing. We need a comprehensive agenda and a nationwide plan to manage and control this illness,” said Mostafa Moein, head of the regime’s Supreme Medical Council Apparatus on Sunday. “We need to deliver the facts transparently in order to gain the people’s trust for better cooperation and abiding by medical guidelines. Negligence regarding the consequences of unscientific measures and authorizations by the Health Ministry are the mediums that lead to various issues such as Islamic, traditional or Iranian medicine that literally plays with people’s lives while they are scientifically unfounded,” he added, according to the state-run Hamshahri dailyi.

Tal’at Mokhtari, member of the scientific committee of the Covid-19 Task Force, said on Saturday, “When we have 516 deaths per 1 million population, it is one of the highest death rates in the world, and the real stats can even be much higher than this… The number of positive cases is much higher than our deaths. If we trust these figures, our death rates would be much higher.” (Source: State television, November 21)

According to Fars News Agency, affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards, Nahid Khodakarami, the head of the health committee of Tehran City Council said on Sunday, “Covid-19 has so far caused 20,000 deaths in Tehran, and imposing restrictions should definitely help in reducing the spread of the virus and further deaths.”

The state-run Asr-e Iran website quoted the head of the infectious diseases department of Tehran’s Khomeini hospital as saying on Sunday, “Public hospitals really have no room, and even Covid-19 patients who can pay 1 billion rials can’t find free beds in private hospitals. The number of Covid-19 patients is very high, we always have many patients waiting to be hospitalized, not only ICU beds but even ordinary beds are filled. We are being paralyzed.”

Tehran Masih Daneshvari hospital declared on Saturday, “There are too many patients and medical centers can’t tend to critical patients. The patients are too many and hospitals are filled. We have many critical patients who are waiting for their turn.” (Source: State television, November 21)

The spokesperson of Kerman Medical Sciences University declared 40 Covid-19 deaths on Sunday, according to Mehr News Agency. “The total number of deaths has reached 1,706,” the spokesperson added.

The dean of Bam Medical Sciences University said, “In the east of [Kerman] province, the number of cases has increased sixfold in comparison to the past month.” (Source: IRIB News Agency, November 22)

In Yazd province, the deputy dean of the medical sciences university declared 14 coronavirus deaths on Sunday and said, “We have 987 hospitalized patients in the province, 207 of whom are in ICU.” (Source: Mehr News Agency, November 22)

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map