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Iran coronavirus update: Over 184,000 deaths, tough year ahead, officials warn

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 184,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 184,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, December 13, 2020—Over 184,000 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 470 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, December 13. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 51,949, around a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 45,301 in Tehran, 9470 in Khuzestan, 10,720 in Isfahan, 7465 in Lorestan, 7178 in East Azarbaijan, 6471 in Gilan, 6928 in West Azarbaijan, 5502 in Fars, 4875 in Alborz, 4582 in Golestan, 3896 in Kermanshah, 3884 in Kerman, 3191 in Kurdistan, 2222 in Ardabil, 1950 in Hormozgan, and 1892 in Zanjan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 184,000 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 184,000 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi said on Sunday, “We ourselves will inject the coronavirus vaccine in front of cameras. Officials and the head of the Order of Khomeini Foundation will be the first to take the Covid-19 shot. We must note that if there’s no trust, none of these measures will be effective.” Harirchi, whose comments were reported by the state-run Etemad Online, expressed concern about the disclosures made by the MEK and said, “… some will claim that regime officials have injected foreign vaccines or have injected water.”

While according to regime experts, road traffic in Tehran is even more intense than before the Covid-19 outbreak, regime officials are blaming the people for the spread of the virus and increase of deaths and are warning about family reunions on Yalda, the Persian festival that marks the longest night of the year and the beginning of winter. In this regard, Hamshahri daily quoted Alireza Raisi, the head of the National Covid-19 Task Force, as saying, “We now have 12 red cities, most of which are in Gilan and Mazandaran provinces. In the Task Force session today, there was a suggestion to impose commute restrictions and reduce commercial activities after 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday (December 19-20) because there are serious concerns about reunions and gatherings on Yalda.”

Nahid Khodakarami, the head of the health committee of Tehran City Council, said, “We must think of the post-coronavirus era. During the Covid-19 pandemic, private companies and small businesses have suffered many damages. In Tehran alone, 22,000 people have lost their lives and most Tehrani families have been affected by this situation.”

“Even of the pandemic ends in [the next Persian calendar year] 1400, it will still be a disastrous year and the government is not paying attention to this issue. There are 52,000 families who have lost loved ones. Across the world, during the pandemic, the largest budgets were allocated to municipalities. We can’t run the capital with empty hands,” Khodakarami added, according to Mehr News Agency, an outlet linked to the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

“There are 291 patients in ICU and 27 Covid-19 patients lost their lives in the past 24 hours,” the spokesperson of Isfahan Medical Sciences University said on Sunday, according to Mehr.

Mehr also reported on Sunday that the deputy dean of Fars Medical Sciences University confirmed 22 Covid-19 deaths. “The total number of deaths since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak has reached 2,832,” the deputy dean added.

 

 

The deputy dean of Mashhad Medical Sciences University, Razavi Khorasan province said on Saturday, “In the past 20 months, the Mashhad Medical Sciences University has faced three periods of increase in Covid-19 cases and hospitalized patients.

“In the third Covid-19 peak, the number of hospitalized patients increased by 30 percent,” the deputy dean added, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

ISNA also quoted the secretary of the medical care workgroup of this university as saying, “We will still be faced with an increasing spread of Covid-19 until the end of winter. There are now 367 patients in the province’s ICUs and we have about 200 new hospitalized patients every day.”

In Hamedan province, the head of education in Assad Abad said, “In the new academic year, 200 students have not registered for school due to the spread of coronavirus. In 35 provinces, there were internet connectivity problems and the students of 35 other rural schools don’t have smartphones.” According to ISNA, the official also added that more than 2,100 students in Assad Abad don’t have smartphones or tablets to attend online classes.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map