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Iran coronavirus update: Over 179,800 deaths, experts warn of “devastating” winter season

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 179,800 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 179,800 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, December 8, 2020—Over 179,800 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 Tuesday afternoon local time, December 8. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 50,917, less than a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 44,371 in Tehran, 12,530 in Razavi Khorasan, 10,425 in Isfahan, 7310 in Lorestan, 7125 in Qom, 7068 in East Azerbaijan, 6822 in Mazandaran, 6748 in West Azerbaijan, 5307 in Fars, 4790 in Alborz, 4522 in Golestan, 4496 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 3821 in Kermanshah, 3734 in Kerman, 3628 in Markazi (Central), 2634 in Semnan, 2137 in Ardabil, 1880 in Ilam, 1842 in Qazvin, 1839 in Bushehr, and 1837 in Zanjan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 179,800 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 179,800 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

“Considering the fact that we are nearing the winter season, [Covid-19] will surge once again and will be accompanied by other viruses. Conditions will once again become devastating,” said Minoo Mohraz, a member of the National Covid-19 Task Force on Tuesday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“Iranian companies and institutions need time to reach tangible results in producing the coronavirus vaccine. During this period, we will once again be held back in the fight against Covid-19,” said a senior official of Iran’s Medical Apparatus Organization on Monday. “When the lives of millions of Iranians are at stake, one cannot insist on cultural, political and ideological competitions,” he added, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). This official also called on the regime’s Vice President Eshagh Jahangiri to order the Health Ministry, along with other ministries and institutions, to prioritize the issue of ordering and purchasing Covid-19 vaccines.

The poor conditions of Iran’s “metro & bus services are the result of years of mismanagement by the government in providing necessary budgets for metro stations, purchasing metro wagons and city busses in the past 20 years. The result is now the deaths of people who have contracted Covid-19 in these places,” said the deputy chair of Tehran’s City Council on Tuesday. “Following the end of the two-week long coronavirus restrictions, the government returned the status quo back to prior conditions. Today’s heavy traffic and an increase in the commuting of our public transportation systems is the end result. We are calling on decision makers to continue the coronavirus restrictions until our daily death rate and number of new cases drop to global norms,” the official added, according to the state-controlled Khabar Online website.

“In the past 24 hours we have lost 37 coronavirus patients,” said the spokesperson of Isfahan Medical Sciences University on Tuesday, according to ISNA. “The novel coronavirus is still actively spreading in our society. New cases are still identified, and the daily death rate and number of new cases is significant.  The situation is not at all resolved and we need a continuation of attention in this regard,” another university official added. “The illness in Isfahan remains higher than the peak back in March and April and we are in extremely poor conditions,” said the spokesperson of the Isfahan Covid-19 Task Force.

“We have lost 18 coronavirus patients in the past 24 hours and the total number now stands at 2,409,” said the dean of Alborz Medical Sciences University on Tuesday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“In the past 24 hours the number of new patients hospitalized has become more than those discharged, and despite the restrictions and health protocols the province remains a red zone,” said the dean of Ardabil Medical Sciences University on Tuesday, according to the Mehr news agency.

“Officials should procure the means to confront Covid-19 because the fatalities and damages caused by coronavirus are more than the 1980s Iran-Iran war,” said the commander of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) division in Zanjan province, northwest Iran, on Monday, according to the ISNA news agency.

 

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map