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Iran coronavirus update: Over 188,100 deaths, conflicting numbers in the regime’s reports

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 188,100 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 188,100 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, December 19, 2020—Over 188,100 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 Saturday afternoon local time, December 19. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 53,448, less than a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 46,206 in Tehran, 12,935 in Razavi Khorasan, 11,070 in Isfahan, 7585 in Lorestan, 7093 in West Azarbaijan, 6711 in Gilan, 5717 in Fars, 4662 in Golestan, 4525 in Hamedan, 3994 in Kerman, 3971 in Kermanshah, 3246 in Kurdistan, 2844 in Semnan, 2292 in Ardabil, 1950 in Zanjan, and 1334 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmad. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 188,100 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 188,100 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

The regime’s Health Ministry spokesperson announced the mullahs’ engineered Covid-19 numbers on Saturday as 175 new deaths and 5591 patients being in ICUs. While there is a direct relation between the number of dire patients and deaths, the regime’s engineered stats from November 8 to this day have reported more than 5500 patients in ICUs each day. However, the number of daily deaths in these engineered numbers have dropped from 486 on November 17 to 175 today, indicating a 280 percent decrease.

Regime President Hassan Rouhani continued his lies today claiming there are no red zone cities in Iran. “We have been successful against Covid-19 and if we are victorious regarding the vaccine and in the indigenous measures that we have taken, our enemies will be left speechless,” he claimed on Saturday. While the regime has forced workers and other branches of Iran’s society back to work, and according to regime officials Tehran’s traffic is heavier than this time last year, Rouhani joins other mullahs in their call on the people to stop holding ceremonies and other gatherings. The mullahs’ regime is creating an atmosphere of concern regarding Sunday’s annual Yalda festivals to again blame the people for the next increase in the number of Covid-19 victims.

“In Mazandaran we have yet to see a decreasing trend,” said the spokesperson of the National Covid-19 Task Force on Saturday. “There are four cities in need of special attention, and they can be on the verge of returning to red status. Kordkuy in Golestan, Baft in Kerman, Amol and Galugah in Mazandaran,” the official added, according to the state-controlled Hamshahri daily.

“If we are not careful and fail to implement adequate management to control the epidemic, we may witness possible new waves far stronger than what we have seen so far,” said a member of the Pasteur Scientific Board on Saturday. “We have lost golden opportunities for decision makings slip away when we would have taken much better measures. After nine months and three peaks it is expected for us rethink some of our policies,” the official added, according to the Javan daily, an outlet linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

“Many nurses have contracted Covid-19 and still have the illness’ symptoms. A number of them have not been able to return to work,” said a member of the Supreme Nursing Apparatus Council on Saturday. “In some cities up to 50 percent of our nurses have contracted coronavirus and a number of them have suffered immensely,” the official added, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“During the past 24 hours we have had 536 people with suspicious Covid-19 symptoms seek medical treatment across [Isfahan] province, aside from the cities of Kashan and Aran & Bidgol. There are 242 patients in ICUs and 18 have lost their lives,” said the spokesperson of the Isfahan Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

“1700 members of an airbase personnel have contracted Covid-19,” said the head of the Babaie Hospital at the airbase in Isfahan on Saturday, according to the IMNA news agency.

“In the past 24 hours we have had 11 Covid-19 deaths. 512 coronavirus patients are hospitalized, of which 106 are in ICUs,” said the dean of Golestan Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the Mehr news agency.

“While some countries, include several in the Middle East, have launched their vaccination procedures, the head of the Majlis (parliament) Health Commission has said so far there are no reports of purchasing vaccines in Iran. Whereas Iran has the highest Covid-19 fatality rate across the region,” according to a Saturday report published in the state-controlled Hamdeli newspaper. “It appears the possibility of transferring the vaccine to Iran has become complicated and indigenous vaccines will not be available soon. Difficult Covid-19 days continue in Iran while the world is nearing the end of this pandemic.”

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map