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Iran coronavirus update: Over 171,200 deaths, hospitals running out of beds across the country

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 171,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 171,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, November 28, 2020—Over 171,200 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 Saturday afternoon local time, November 28. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 47,486, nearly a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 42,161 in Tehran, 12,110 in Razavi Khorasan, 9755 in Isfahan, 9140 in Khuzestan, 7045 in Lorestan, 6850 in Qom, 6818 in East Azerbaijan, 6622 in Mazandaran, 6310 in West Azerbaijan, 4862 in Fars, 4580 in Alborz, 4331 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 4257 in Golestan, 3691 in Kermanshah, 3373 in Markazi, 3349 in Kerman, 3006 in Kurdistan, 3002 in Yazd, 1932 in Ardabil, 1750 in Ilam, 1744 in Qazvin, 1717 in Zanjan, and 1320 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiariu. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-Over 171,200 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Infographic-Over 171,200 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

“Last week the weekly contracting average of this virus reached 20 for each 100,000 people and the highest contraction rates were reported in the provinces of Ilam, Yazd, Semnan, Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed and South Khorasan,” said the spokesperson for the regime’s Health Ministry on Saturday. “The average death rate last week reached 40 per one million people and the highest death rates were reported in the provinces of Yazd, Semnan and South Khorasan,” she added, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

Regime President Hassan Rouhani once again placed the blame for the coronavirus crisis in Iran on the people. “The main solution in confronting this virus is to change the people’s social behaviors. This and only this. There is no second method. People need to change their lifestyles, abide by social distancing, avoid large gatherings and minimize their commuting,” he said on Saturday.

“106 deaths on Wednesday, 116 on Thursday and 109 on Friday, all suspicious or directly resulting from Covid-19, were registered at [Tehran’s] Beheshte Zahra Cemetery. To this day 20,800 coronavirus deaths have been registered in Tehran,” said the head of Tehran City Council’s Health Commission on Saturday, according to the state-run IMNA news agency.

“The number of suspicious coronavirus patients seeking medical treatment have increased and currently all the beds in the Khatam al-Anbia Hospital of Natanz and Fatemeh Hospital in Doroud are occupied. Even ICU and CCU beds are all occupied,” said the caretaker of Natanz Hospital on Saturday, according to the Tasnim news agency, an outlet linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force.

“The high stats continue to indicate the critical status quo in the cities of our province,” said the spokesperson of the Isfahan Medical Sciences University on Saturday while referring to 34 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours. “The total number of Covid-19 patients hospitalized across the province stands at 1842, of which 398 are in ICUs,” this official added, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

 

 

“In Kerman province, the current peak has rendered a 76 percent increase in comparison to the first peak. In the current peak the death count is far above the previous peaks,” said the senior advisor of the dean at Kerman Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Twenty-two patients have died of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours in Ardabil province, according to the spokesperson of the Ardabil Medical Sciences University on Saturday. “475 patients are hospitalized, of which 78 are in ICUs,” the official added, according to the IRGC-linked Javan newspaper.

“Covid-19 is still not the main priority for some of our officials. Confronting this epidemic must be the priority for all directors,” said the dean of Qom Medical Sciences University on Friday.

Dean of the Zanjan Medical Sciences University said on Saturday that the number of coronavirus patients being hospitalized is on the rise this month. “The number of Covid-19 patients have increased between 300 to 400 each day during the past week,” the official added, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map