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Iran coronavirus update: Over 180,700 deaths, number of new cases in Tehran remains high

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 180,700 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 180,700 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, December 9, 2020—Over 180,700 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 Wednesday afternoon local time, December 9. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 51,212, less than a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 44,591 in Tehran, 10,500 in Isfahan, 9390 in Khuzestan, 7345 in Lorestan, 6875 in Mazandaran, 6793 in West Azerbaijan, 5961 in Gilan, 5352 in Fars, 4810 in Alborz, 3846 in Kermanshah, 3774 in Kerman, 3668 in Markazi (Central), 3202 in Yazd, 3151 in Kurdistan, 2813 in North Khorasan, 2709 in Semnan, 2157 in Ardabil, 1666 in South Khorasan, 1284 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic: PMOI/MEK reports over 180,700 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic: PMOI/MEK reports over 180,700 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

“Our government officials are not taking Covid-19 seriously and the harsh reality is that when our country is compared to other countries with similar populations, we are among the worst rated. The government is pursuing solutions on coronavirus that are not effective,” said a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) on Wednesday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“The number of new cases in Tehran remains high. If we do not abide by health protocols, we will have to anticipate the next peak,” said the deputy chair of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force on Wednesday, according to the state-controlled Hamshahri daily.

“The city of Natanz is now a hyper-red zone and this can result in a major epidemic for the locals,” said a Majlis member from this city of central Iran on Tuesday, according to the official Majlis website.

“Currently we have 1374 coronavirus patients in hospitals across Fars province, of which 324 are in ICUs receiving special medical care,” said the deputy dean of Shiraz Medical Sciences University on Tuesday. “In the past 24 hours we have lost 19 patients to Covid-19, bringing the total number of these fatalities in our province to 2717,” the official added, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“In the past two months Qom has ranked first in the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths. The third Covid-19 wave in Qom was disastrous and immensely difficult, and extremely concerning regarding the strength, number of people engaged, the fatalities and the period it took to control it. Holding any type of gathering and ceremony is banned for areas designated as red, orange and yellow,” said the governor of Qom province on Wednesday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“The number of coronavirus deaths in Golestan province remains in the double digits. In the past 24 hours we have lost 12 Covid-19 patients and 544 such patients are hospitalized, of which 110 are in ICUs and 57 are under ventilators,” said the dean of Golestan Medical Sciences University on Wednesday, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

 

 

“[Markazi] province’s ability to address Covid-19 has decreased ad we cannot handle a new and serious peak,” said the governor of Markazi province on Wednesday. “Many of our nurses and medical professionals cannot show up for work in hospitals as they have contracted Covid-19. As a result, we are facing a severe shortage of medical staff and human resources,” the governor added, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“Each day we have one to three nurses contracting Covid-19. To this day around 500 of our nurses in the two Kashani and Hajar hospitals in the city of Shahr-e Kord have contracted Covid-19,” said the head of the Shahr-e Kord Nursing Apparatus on Wednesday, according to the Javan daily, an outlet linked to the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

“Currently we have no cities considered to be white zones. The five cities of Sari, Amol, Mahmoud Abad, Nour and Galougah are considered red zones and all others are orange,” said the dean of Mazandaran Medical Sciences University on Wednesday, according to the state-controlled Iran Online website.

“Despite the fact that the number of coronavirus patients hospitalized in hospitals across Mazandaran province have been increasing in the past 18 days, on Tuesday 206 new patients were registered. This is a new record ever since the comprehensive plan of restrictions have been imposed,” according to a Tuesday report wired by the regime's official IRNA news agency.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map