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Iran coronavirus update: Over 184,700 deaths, officials warn of fragile & unstable conditions

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 184,700 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 184,700 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, December 14, 2020—Over 184,700 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 Monday afternoon local time, December 14. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 52,448, less than a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 45,471 in Tehran, 12,765 in Razavi Khorasan, 10,780 in Isfahan, 7280 in Qom, 6967 in Mazandaran, 6958 in West Azarbaijan, 6531 in Gilan, 5537 in Fars, 4561 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 4485 in Hamedan, 3909 Kerman, 3798 in Markazi, 3272 in Yazd, 2868 in North Khorasan, 2237 in Ardabil, 1907 in Qazvin, 1721 in South Khorasan, and 1430 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 184,700 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 184,700 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

“The increasing number of Covid-19 deaths indicates we are vulnerable in the face of the novel coronavirus,” said the spokesperson for the regime’s Health Ministry on Monday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“One of the main severe shortages we are facing is in the number of nurses. We do not even have one nurse for each hospital bed while the global standard is 2.5 nurses for each bed. Even in developing countries, this number is higher than two,” said the head of Iran’s Supreme Nursing Council on Monday. “If we have 130,000 active nurses, we need to recruit another 130,000,” the official added, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“The city of Tehran is fragile, and one cannot say with confidence that we have surpassed the chronic stage. We will be witnessing a new Covid-19 wave in the winter if hygiene protocols are not abided by correctly,” said the deputy chair of Tehran Covid-19 Task Force on Monday, according to the Fars news agency, an outlet linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

“The status quo in our country, and as a result Tehran province, is unstable because the illness remains active throughout the society,” said a senior official of Tehran’s Masih Daneshvari Hospital on Monday. “We hope to not witness [a fourth peak] because the hospitals and our medical professionals no longer have the ability to cope with it. Each strong peak of this illness lasts for eight weeks. Some of the quarantine restrictions should not be lifted until the end of this epidemic,” the official added, according to the state-controlled Hamshahri daily.

“During the past 24 hours we have lost 22 Covid-19 patients and the total number coronavirus deaths [in Fars province] stands at 2832,” said the deputy dean of Fars Medical Sciences University on Sunday, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

“In the past 24 hours 15 people have lost their lives to Covid-19 in our province and the total stands at 3152,” said the dean of West Azerbaijan Medical Sciences University on Sunday. “There are currently 266 Covid-19 patients in ICUs and 62 patients are under ventilators,” the official added, according to the state-controlled IMNA news agency.

“Twenty percent of coronavirus patients in Gilan [province] are hospitalized in ICUs due to their dire conditions,” said the deputy dean of Gilan Medical Sciences University on Monday, according to the IRGC-linked Tasnim news agency.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map