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Iran coronavirus update: Over 192,200 deaths, officials warning of a “fourth” Covid-19 wave

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 192,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 192,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, December 26, 2020—Over 192,200 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 475 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 26. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 54,574 around a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 47,196 in Tehran, 13,135 in Razavi Khorasan, 11,560 in Isfahan, 7738 in Lorestan, 7530 in Qom, 7187 in Mazandaran, 7432 in East Azerbaijan, 5887 in Fars, 5055 in Alborz, 4164 in Kerman, 3407 in Yazd, 2963 in North Khorasan, 2030 in Hormozgan, 1992 in Qazvin, and 1796 in South Khorasan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 192,200 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 192,200 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

Regime President Hassan Rouhani continued his chain of lies on Saturday by claiming “Iran ranks alongside advanced countries in Europe and the U.S.”

“We are very happy that today we have no red areas in the country, and we have a very small number of orange areas,” he claimed. All the while, head of the regime’s National Covid-19 Task Force reported there are 108 orange cities across Iran. Furthermore, the Mazandaran Medical Sciences University in northern Iran reported, “The virus continues to spread and new Covid-19 patients are identified in 12 cities across the province. If the coronavirus color index is today as it was in the past; we now have 12 cities in Mazandaran province that are considered red zones,” the official said on Saturday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

Rouhani was also enormously angry over revelations of the regime’s criminal policies in failing to prevent the Covid-19 spread throughout Iran. “It has been some time that they have been claiming that everyone across the globe is being vaccinated and why is Iran so behind. Why is Iran not looking to buy vaccines? And they came to a conclusion that Iran doesn’t have money or they do have money, but it is in banks and is not transferred. [The U.S. Treasury Department’s] OFAC is not permitting the money transfer but the U.S. is. They launched a major brouhaha in this regard… All this propaganda is dismissed. Iran is most definitely seeking an indigenous Covid-19 vaccine and we have also been trying to purchase the vaccine,” he claimed.

 

 

“Despite the fact that we were among the first countries hit by the Covid-19 pandemic the vaccine distribution has been delayed,” said an ICU expert in Iran on Saturday. “If the vaccine were not delayed, we would not have lost so many of our medical professionals. The Iranian vaccine must first be approved by the World Health Organization and until then who will be responsible for the country’s Covid-19 death toll? Another issue is the 56 people who have volunteered to test the Iranian vaccine. However, of these 56 volunteers, how many are Health Ministry officials?” the expert asked.

“The coronavirus fatality count stands at 2977 in Fars province. Currently we have 609 patients hospitalized, of which 140 are in ICUs,” said the deputy dean of Fars Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

“The third Covid-19 wave in Razavi Khorasan province reached its peak in mid-to-late November. Currently a new Covid-19 wave is the concern of all health officials across the country. Razavi Khorasan is on the verge of entering the fourth coronavirus wave,” said a deputy dean of Mashhad Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the semi-official ILNA news agency.

“We are genuinely concerned about the emergence of a fourth coronavirus wave in [Yazd] province in the months of January to March. Hopefully, there will be some urgent measures taken to launch a vaccination initiative,” said the deputy dean of Yazd Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“The Covid-19 spread in three cities has accelerated. Yesterday 35 percent of 335 tests were positive,” said the dean of Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map