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Iran coronavirus update: Over 197,400 deaths, new UK strain enters Iran

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 197,400 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 197,400 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, January 5, 2021—Over 197,400 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 Tuesday afternoon local time, January 5. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 55,748 around a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 48,401 in Tehran, 12,285 in Isfahan, 7715 in Qom, 7577 in Mazandaran, 7328 in West Azerbaijan, 7006 in Gilan, 6040 in Fars, 4882 in Golestnan, 4791 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 4988 in Hamedan, 4352 in Kerman, 3487 in Yazd, 3376 in Kurdistan, 2960 in Semnan, and 2427 in Ardabil. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 197,400 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 197,400 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

The mullahs’ regime continues to endanger the lives of millions of Iranians through its delays and lies regarding the Covid-19 vaccine. “We are among the leading countries in vaccine production and other necessities to provide care for coronavirus,” Ali Rabie, the spokesperson of regime President Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet on Tuesday. “Major efforts have begun in the face of these undeniable achievements with the aim of leaving people disappointed. Promoting distrust in the domestic vaccine cannot be with any objective other than leaving people hopeless and in confusion,” he added, according to state TV.

“There can be no forecasts in this regard until we actually begin vaccination across the country,” said a senior official of Tehran’s Khomeini Hospital on Tuesday. “I hope 70 percent of the society is vaccined in a few months in order to establish safety against this virus,” the official added, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“Our country has not only refused to purchase Covid-19 vaccines, but it also intends to unveil a vaccine that has just recently began its clinical testing stages. This means even more Iranians contracting the virus and dying,” according to a Tuesday article published in the state-controlled Sharq daily.

 

 

“We may once again begin witnessing harsh days. One concern is about the general developments and the mutated virus. The first case of the mutated virus has been found in an individual returning from the UK,” said Health Minister Saied Namaki on Tuesday. “Even the slightest negligence to the mutated virus will disrupt our entire apparatus,” he added, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“Public transportation, due to the lack of necessary infrastructure to abide by social distancing protocols, are the most important areas where Covid-19 is transmitted,” said Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force. “Around 35 percent of the coronavirus transmission is through public transportation systems,” he added, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“Other than four announced cities in [Mazandaran] province that are registered as red zones, meaning high risk Covid-19 areas, the remaining cities are registered as orange zones, meaning they are dangerous areas,” said the regime’s Health Ministry spokesperson on Tuesday. “In Mazandaran we are witnessing an increasing trend. If the precautions and health principles are not abided by in this province, other cities in this province will soon be registered as red zones,” she added, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“Air pollution is a significant factor in intensifying underlying illnesses, including those related to the heart, the blood system and lungs. This has a direct and indirect impact on the Covid-19 death rate,” said the dean of Khuzestan Medical Sciences University on Tuesday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

In the past 24 hours nine patients have died in Golestan province, according to the dean of the local Medical Sciences University. “449 coronavirus patients are hospitalized, of which 93 are in ICUs and 36 are under ventilators. The situation is very fragile,” this official added, according to the Fars news agency, an outlet linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

An official of the Yazd Medical Sciences University said Covid-19 has reemerged in this province. “During the past few days, the number of patients being hospitalized have doubled in comparison to previous days,” this official explained on Tuesday. The number of people seeking medical treatment have increased significantly and this has sounded an alarm bell… ceremonies, various sessions, government and religious meetings, administrative employees all returning to work and banks reopening are factors related in this regard, the official added according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map