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Iran coronavirus update: Over 200,600 deaths, situation remains very unstable and fragile

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 200,600 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 200,600 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, January 12, 2021—Over 200,600 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 12. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 56,360 around a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 49,011 in Tehran, 13,615 in Razavi Khorasan, 12,575 in Isfahan, 10,060 in Khuzestan, 8128 in Lorestan, 7822 in Mazandaran, 7633 in East Azerbaijan, 6112 in Fars, 5020 in Golestan, 4743 in Hamedan, 4425 in Kerman, 4174 in Kermanshah, 3587 in Yazd, 2990 in Semnan and 2120 in Zanjan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 200,600 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 200,600 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

Most certainly [regime Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei was thinking of other horizons “but the two vaccines that the U.S. has produced, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, have used new and innovative technology. Prior to this no vaccine of this type has been used so broadly across the globe. This is highly advanced technology,” said a member of the regime’s vaccine scientific research committee on Tuesday. “We most definitely need to be using such technology because if this technology is successful it will accelerate vaccine production for all types of illnesses. These two vaccines produced there have been effective in scientific research, meaning providing over 90 percent safety,” this official added, according to state TV.

“At least 70 percent of the population needs to be vaccinated in order to break Covid-19’s chain reaction. The mutated virus is 55 to 70 percent more effective in transmitting than the original coronavirus,” said the chair of the regime’s Medical Apparatus Organization on Tuesday.

 

 

“It is not clear hose these individuals consider themselves representatives of our medical society and based on what moral principle are they taking a stance against [Khamenei’s] remarks,” wrote a member of the regime’s Majils (parliament) on Tuesday criticizing a recent letter from heads of Iran’s Medical Apparatus Organization to regime President Hassan Rouhani. “Some individuals opposing Khamenei’s remarks is lip service to our enemy’s… The reason why these individuals insist on purchasing American and British vaccines has no scientific credibility. Unfortunately, our country has a strong medicine market mafia and many people with certain interests in this field even have influence in the country’s ruling system,” this official added, according to the Fars news agency, an outlet linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

“The number of new cases per day remains above the 5,000 marks, indicating that many of our cities, including Tehran, remain in emergency status,” said the Tehran City Council Health Committee chair on Tuesday. “The threat of a new peak is right at the capital’s doorsteps and those of other cities. The language heard these days from our officials involved in the Covid-19 detainment apparatus are exaggerated. Some officials claim we have defeated coronavirus while this can result in neglect over Covid-19,” the official added, according to the Fars news agency.

“According to Health Ministry officials and university experts, the epidemic remains unstable and fragile across the country, and can return with the even the slightest neglect,” said the deputy chair of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force on Tuesday. “The epidemic is not fully controlled, and the dire epidemic conditions can be repeated. With one small act of neglect in the months of January and February we can enter a new epidemic peak,” this official explained, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“Sixteen locals in Mazandaran province (northern Iran) have lost their lives to Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, 1392 coronavirus patients are hospitalized, of which 274 are in ICUs,” according to the IRGC-linked Javan daily on Monday.

“During the past two weeks we have been witness to an increasing rate of Covid-19 cases in southwest parts of Khuzestan province,” said the head of Abadan Health Center on Tuesday. “The 220-bed Taleqani Hospital in this city has become the front line in the war against Covid-19,” this official added, according to Javan daily.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map