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Iran coronavirus update: Over 196,900 deaths, official says “no end” to Covid-19

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 196,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 196,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, January 4, 2021—Over 196,900 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 Monday afternoon local time, January 4. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 55,650 around a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 48,291 in Tehran, 13,340 in Razavi Khorasan, 12,235 in Isfahan, 9945 in Khuzestan, 7923 in Lorestan, 7542 in Mazandaran, 6028 in Fars, 4862 in Golestan, 4340 in Kerman, 4109 in Kermanshah, 3028 in North Khorasan, 2052 in Qazvin, 1851 in South Khorasan, and 1434 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmad. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 196,900 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 196,900 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran


“For now there is no end to coronavirus. For anyone who thinks that this illness will end they should know that Covid-19 has just begun, and it will probably be with us for at least one or two more years,” said regime Health Minister Saied Namaki on Sunday. “I am asking all officials of the [Iranian regime] to be convinced that this virus is here to stay for now and in the next phase we must carry out our measures so that people can continue with their lives and to not suffer massive tension,” he added, according to the Tasnim news agency, an outlet linked to the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force.

“During the coronavirus period our economy suffered much less in comparison to other countries,” Namaki claimed on Monday in lies similar to regime President Hassan Rouhani. “Why is that? Because we were the first country to write down protocols on how to manage our economy and life during the crisis and when our country is in need, and how to lessen the impact of Covid-19 on people’s lives. Many European countries started their protocols after us. If you go to France and Germany, you will see that they have copied the protocols that we delivered during the re-opening stages,” he added, according to state TV.

“We cannot determine a certain date on when we will begin to mass produce the indigenous Covid-19 vaccine,” said a member of the National Covid-19 Task Force on Monday. “We are following up on the issue of importing the vaccine, but to no success as of yet,” this official added, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).



“During the past 24 hours we have witnessed an increase in the number of people in our hospitals seeking medical treatment [for coronavirus]. This is an alarm bell for [the city of Gachsaran],” said the head of the Health and Treatment Network on Monday in this city located in Khuzestan province of southwest Iran, according to the IRGC-linked Fars news agency.

In Mazandaran province of northern Iran the deputy dean of the local Medical Sciences University made disturbing remarks on Monday regarding an escalating trend of Covid-19 cases. “The cities of Amol, Sari, Savadkuh and Ramsar are considered red zones. The three cities of Qaemshahr, Neka and Fereyedoon-kenar are on the verge of being registered as red zones,” the official said, according to the Mehr news agency.

“With judicial orders we have shut down 630 websites and 45 admins involved in disturbing public opinion on the issue of coronavirus,” said the local state police chief in Kerman province on Monday, according to the Tasnim news agency.

“People who hear economic promises and see measures otherwise are witnessing state officials being treated in first-grade hospitals with special equipment, never waiting in lines and treated in separate circumstances,” reads one article in the state-controlled Hamdeli newspaper on Monday. “Therefore, it is only natural that rumors will start to spread that officials are to receive the Pfizer vaccine and we [the people] will be provided an Iranian vaccine. If these people were previously optimistic, the measures of the past decade—considering all the broken promises—have pushed them into distrust. Instead of asking why have people lost their trust, at least ask the Health Ministry how many incorrect statements have you delivered to the people during the past year?” the article further reads.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map