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Iran coronavirus update: Over 196,000 deaths, official warns of cities becoming red zones again

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 196,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 196,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, January 2, 2021—Over 196,000 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 478 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, January 2. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 55,438 around a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 48,091 in Tehran, 13,305 in Razavi Khorasan, 12,095 in Isfahan, 9915 in Khuzestan, 7898 in Lorestan, 7477 in Mazandaran, 7293 in West Azerbaijan, 6951 in Gilan, 5998 in Fars, 4761 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 3356 in Kurdistan, 2954 in Semnan, 2407 in Ardabil, 2020 in Ilam, and 1979 in Bushehr. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 196,000 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 196,000 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

“The average weekly number of new cases and deaths due to coronavirus is reported at 12.5 per one million. The highest number of new cases were reported from the provinces of Mazandaran, Gilan, Ardabil and Koghiluyeh & Boyer Ahmad,” said the spokesperson for the regime’s Health Ministry on Saturday. “The average number of deaths and new patients being hospitalized was reported very high in Mazandaran province, significantly higher than the national average,” she added, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“In case of a new Covid-19 peak we will need to distribute the patients in all the public and private medical centers, all social provision sites, those of the armed forces and charities in order to control the death rate,” said Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Saturday. “If we are not successful in this period and fail to identify the individuals in the initial stage, we will be forced to close down all administrative offices, stores and… and impose restrictions,” he added, according to the Tabnak website, an outlet affiliated to former Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) chief Mohsen Rezaie.

“The country is in very unstable and fragile conditions, meaning if we do not properly abide by the health protocols, or if restrictions and quarantine measures are lifted, we will once again return to the days of cities designated as red zones,” said a member of the National Covid-19 Task Force on Saturday. “Furthermore, we should not rely on news about vaccine distribution across the globe. We must first know that as we speak there is no vaccine in Iran. There will be no vaccine available for the people at least until March 20. And reports about a cold container not being available in Iran is unacceptable for me. Procuring such equipment for a country that is always boasting about a variety of issues should not be an issue. It is not as if we want to send the Apollo to the moon. Such a country should also be able to procure vaccines that need to be held in special containers. Some countries of the Middle East are purchasing vaccines from reliable companies and may have already started their vaccination process. If Iran does not take similar measures in time with these countries, it will not be good for our country’s posture  and will have its negative psychological impacts on our society,” this official added, according to the state-controlled Hamdeli newspaper.

 

 

“We are still faced with many patients and 290 people were in critical conditions yesterday. We have yet to witness significant changes despite all the restrictions in Tehran,” said Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force on Saturday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“Mazandaran province is currently in its third peak and most of its cities are engaged with this illness. The four cities of North Savadkuh, Sari, Amol, and Ramsar are considered red zones,” said the spokesperson of the regime’s National Covid-19 Task Force on Saturday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

The dean of Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmad Medical Sciences University on Saturday reported an increasing number of Covid-19 deaths in this province of southwest Iran. “Around 23 percent of our tests among 485 people were positive. This included PCR and quick-result tests,” the official added, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map