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Iran coronavirus update: Over 198,400 deaths, regime’s lies and delays over vaccine continues

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 198,400 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 198,400 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, January 7, 2021—Over 198,400 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 Thursday afternoon local time, January 7. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 55,933 around a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 48,591 in Tehran, 13,435 in Razavi Khorasan, 12,395 in Isfahan, 8018 in Lorestan, 7652 in Mazandaran, 7745 in Qom, 7036 in Gilan, 6063 in Fars, 5165 in Alborz, 4917 in Golestan, 4703 in Hamedan, 4372 in Kerman, 4129 in Kermanshah, 3512 in Yazd, 3053 in North Khorasan, 2072 in Qazvin, 1871 in South Khorasan, and 1560 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 198,400 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 198,400 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

Public anger over the inhumane regime’s hesitation, contradictions and lies regarding the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines has become a new crisis inside the mullahs’ regime. “No official should talk about the vaccine for now. In such circumstances, other than the Health Minister, no one should talk about the vaccine,” said Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Wednesday. “Reports of a vaccine in the Nosser Khosro district of Tehran is a lie and I am calling on people not to fall for such deceptive claims and not go to such areas,” he added, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

“Regarding the necessity of accelerating, procuring and distributing the Covid-19 vaccine to vaccinate people from all walks of life, from months before we have provided suggestions and solutions, and expressed our readiness to procure the vaccine, and deliver our expert cooperation to the country’s senior officials and the Health Ministry,” said the chair of Medical Apparatus Organization on Wednesday. “Any delay in procuring and distributing the vaccine will lead to significant issues for people’s health throughout our society. In Iran, the vaccination trend is not in line with the spread of Covid-19 and the prolonging period of this illness will deliver irrecoverable damages to the health system and people’s lives. In the current circumstances all efforts must be focused on purchasing the Covid-19 vaccine,” the official added, according to the Mehr news agency.

 

 

“There have been delays on the issue of Iranian scientists obtaining the Covid-19 vaccine. We hope that in June or July we will be reaching the stage of vaccine mass production,” said a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) on Wednesday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“Currently we have no white-zone cities. There are 23 orange zone cities, 210 yellow and six red-zone cities. Furthermore, the provinces of Mazandaran, Gilan and Golestan (all three in northern Iran) have orange and red cities,” said the chair of the National Covid-19 Task Force Security Committee on Tuesday, according to the state controlled Aftab daily.

Deputy of student affairs in Tehran University said 20 percent of the college students have contracted Covid-19. “Thirty percent of the students were interviewed by the university’s Advisory Center and 20 percent of the students, along with 56 percent of their families, have contracted Covid-19. Eight percent of the students have been hospitalized,” he said on Wednesday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“To this day West Azerbaijan province (in northwest Iran) has been through three waves. The number of people hospitalized and those who died have always doubled the previous wave. The third wave was very damaging in the loss of life and led to a 250 percent increase in new cases in comparison to other provinces,” said the dean of West Azerbaijan Medical Sciences University on Wednesday. “Those seeking medical attention and those hospitalized across the province are increasing in numbers. If we enter a fourth wave the number of patients hospitalized will increase up to 3200 across this province,” the official added, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

The latest information provided by the Ardabil Medical Sciences University indicates the number of Covid-19 deaths have increased significantly, according to a Wednesday report of the regime's official IRNA news agency.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map