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Iran coronavirus update: Over 169,100 deaths, Covid-19 now main cause of deaths in Iran

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 169,100 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 169,100 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, November 26, 2020—Over 169,100 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 26. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 46,689, nearly a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 41,641 in Tehran, 12.015 in Razavi Khorasan, 9595 in Isfahan, 9090 in Khuzetstan, 6975 in Kurdistan, 6785 in Qom, 6734 in East Azerbaijan, 6592 in Mazandaran, 6170 in West Azerbaijan, 4752 in Fars, 4532 in Alborz, 4271 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 4255 in Hamedan, 4202 in Golestan, 3646 in Kermanshah, 3303 in Markazi (Central), 3174 in Kerman, 2991 in Kurdistan, 1900 in Ardabil, 1850 in Hormozgan, 1729 in Qazvin, 1695 in Ilam, and 1189 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-Over 169,100 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Infographic-Over 169,100 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran


The regime’s Health Ministry spokesperson announced the mullahs’ engineered Covid-19 numbers on Sunday as 482 new deaths and 13,961 new cases in the past 24 hours, along with 5849 patients being in ICUs. The latter two stats are the highest such numbers in this pandemic for the third straight day. Furthermore, 2439 of the new cases have been hospitalized.

“The increasing number of people being hospitalized and losing their lives is concerning. It is very painful that Covid-19 is the main cause of death in the country and many or our provinces,” said Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Thursday, according to the Tasnim news agency, an outlet linked to the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force.

Head of the Majlis (parliament) Health Commission weighed in on the decision to shut down cities in Iran. “The decision came very late and we sought other measures that were not taken,” said Hossein Ali Shahriari on Wednesday. “We believed that we need a full shutdown from 15 to 30 days. If we want to break the chain reaction of this virus transmission, the decision was made very late; a two-week period is not enough; one third of the administrative employees are in their offices and all bank employees are at work; nearly all parks are open, many places are open,” he added in a state TV interview. “These days in many major cities and even in Tehran we are witnessed a significant decrease in traffic, and everyone is in the streets. Certain decisions are made at times that we do not know what the people who are making these decisions and approving them are actually thinking. Are they not in our society?” Shahriari asked.



“One or two-week-long restrictions may act as pain relievers and decrease the pressure. However, if we return to the conditions we witnessed a few months ago, the spread will be even worse,” said an official of Tehran’s Masih Daneshvari Hospital on Thursday. This is Iran’s main facility in addressing Covid-19. “Hospitals are still full, and there were less patients for just a few days. However, today they are terribly busy again. One week must pass to see the actual impact. There are still no new nurses in our hospitals and the situation is extremely dire,” the official added, according to the semi-official ILNA news agency.

“We lost 42 of our patients and the total number of deaths in our province has reached 2314. We had 2297 patients hospitalized today, of which 386 are in ICUs,” said the deputy dean of Fars Medical Sciences University on Wednesday, according to state TV.

“In the past 24 hours we have lost 23 Covid-19 patients and the total number of our fatalities has reached 2251,” said the head of Alborz Medical Sciences University on Thursday, according to the official ISNA news agency.

In Sistan & Baluchistan province, head of the Zahedan Medical Sciences University expressed grave concerns regarding the increasing spread of this illness in this province and the number of people being hospitalized. “We are concerned about the number of people contracting the virus exceeding the capacity of our hospitals. In the past month, the number of patients being hospitalized for Covid-19 has increased and this sudden increase began from October 22 onward,” the official added on Wednesday, according to the IRGC-linked Javan newspaper.

“Up to last week 50 percent of the Covid-19 tests have been positive, showing that we are far away from reaching adequate circumstances. Restrictions will continue if this number does not decrease,” said the governor of Gonaveh, a city in Bushehr province of southern Iran on Thursday, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

“The capacity of our province’s medical centers to accept coronavirus patients has reached its limit and the increasing number of dire Covid-19 patients in our province is deeply concerning,” said the head of Ardabil Medical Sciences University on Thursday, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

“Currently we have 114 Covid-19 patients in ICUs, of which 54 are in critical conditions and under ventilators. The number of coronavirus patients hospitalized ranges from 500 to 600,” said the head of Qazvin Medical Sciences University on Thursday, according to Javan.


Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map