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Iran coronavirus update: Over 185,500 deaths, Tehran governor warns of new peak next week

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 185,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 185,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, December 15, 2020—Over 185,500 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 Tuesday afternoon local time, December 15. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 52,670, around a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 45,621 in Tehran, 12,805 in Isfahan, 10,850 in Isfahan, 9505 in Khuzestan, 7500 in Lorestan, 7262 in East Azarbaijan, 6993 in West Azarbaijan, 6566 in Gilan, 5562 in Fras, 4910 in Alborz, 4607 in Golestan, 3929 in Kerman, 3926 in Kermanshah, 2784 in Semnan, 2252 in Ardabil, 1920 in Ilam, 1912 in Zanjan, and 1874 in Bushehr. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 185,500 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 185,500 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran


“We adopted adequate management from the very beginning of the Covid-19 issue and we are among the countries that are regularly providing precise stats to the people. Not all countries have done so,” claimed regime President Hassan Rouhani on Monday in a continuation of his lies. “Our efforts are now focused on preventing a fourth wave, procuring vaccines and vaccination in the near future, be it through purchasing vaccines or producing a domestic vaccine,” he continued.

In the meantime, an MP from the city of Shahin Shahr had interesting questions for the regime’s Health Minister during a Majlis (parliament) session on Tuesday. “The constant contradictions in the stats, behavior and remarks seen from the Ministry and the Covid-19 Task Force have made people anxious, disappointed and hopeless. Why is the number of Covid-19 deaths so high in Iran in comparison to other countries? Is the irregular contradiction in the death numbers reported this spring and summer in comparison to the same seasons of 2019 and 2018 related to Covid-19 or not?” he asked, according to the state-controlled Daneshju news agency.

“To import foreign-made vaccines we need more coordination in the senior levels because there are competitions between various counties and we need to act more swiftly,” said Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force on Tuesday, according to the state-controlled Hamshahri daily.

“From 2019 onward around 10,000 new recruits have entered our workforce, yet we are still facing a shortage,” said the deputy chair of the Nursing Department in the Health Ministry on Tuesday. “There have been several circle-backs in this regard, but we are still facing major issues. To this day more than 45,000 nurses have contracted the novel coronavirus,” this official added, according to the state-controlled Iran Online website.

“There is no hope for resilience and that the illness is depleting. The large number of people seen in the streets and the traffic seen these days in Tehran are warning us that we may witness another peak next week,” said the governor of Tehran province on Tuesday. “We had the highest number of people hospitalized on November 6 and 7 when we had 6700 people hospitalized and 182 to 190 people dying each day,” he added, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“During the past 24 hours we have had 316 new Covid-19 cases in Isfahan province, aside from the cities of Kashan and Aran & Bidgol. Currently, 270 patients are held in ICUs and 30 people have died in the past 24 hours,” said the spokesperson of the Isfahan Medical Sciences University on Tuesday, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

In Mazandaran province the number of new cases is rising based on reports issued by the deans of Mazandaran and Babol Medical Sciences universities. 208 new cases have been registered in the past 24 hours. Currently 974 are hospitalized, of which 198 are in ICUs, according to a Tuesday report published in the Javan newspaper, an outlet linked to the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map