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Iran coronavirus update: Over 202,100 deaths, concerns of new wave if restrictions are lifted

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 202,100 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 202,100 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, January 15, 2021—Over 202,100 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 Friday afternoon local time, January 15. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 56,621 around a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 49,276 in Tehran, 13,710 in Khorasan Razavi, 12,695 in Isfahan, 8183 in Lorestan, 7942 in Mazandaran, 3667 in Yazd, 7865 in Qom, 7468 in West Azerbaijan, 7151 in Gilan, 5075 in Golestan, 4119 in Kermanshah, 3113 in North Khorasan, 3005 in Semnan, 2140 in Zanjan, 1906 in South Khorasan, and 1600 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 202,100 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 202,100 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

“If the reopening of schools leads to a new Covid-19 rise while and the UK strain spreading across the country, most certainly the president as the chair of the National Covid-19 Task Force will be held responsible,” said a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) on Thursday, according to the state controlled Ruydad24 website.

“Rushing into reopening the economy is dangerous. Lifting restrictions without a firm reason will lead to a spread of the virus and a rise in new cases,” said Massoud Mardani, a member of the National Covid-19 Task Force on Friday. “We experienced this once back in March and April, and the people had to pay the price as the death toll rose to the 500 mark per day. We as experts are warning that rushing into reopening the economy may disrupt the current peace,” he added, according to the state controlled Aftab News website.

“My suggestion to government officials is to not only refrain from purchasing medicine from enemy countries such as the U.S. and UK, but also refrain from purchasing medicine produced by these countries’ companies through third countries,” such another Majlis member on Thursday in reference to recent remarks made by regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, according to the Javan daily, an outlet linked to the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

 

 

“This virus has not at all been weakened or destroyed. In each coronavirus wave the number of deaths has been 15,000 more than the normal spread of this illness,” said Alireza Raisi, spokesperson of the National Covid-19 Task Force on Thursday, according to the state controlled Khabar Online website.

In Mazandaran province of northern Iran, the latest assessments by the regime’s Health Ministry indicates the number of cities registered as red zones has increased to ten, according to a state TV report on Friday.

“With 215 new Covid-19 patients in the past 24 hours, the total number of coronavirus patients has increased to 1217,” said the dean of Mazandarah Medical Sciences University on Saturday. “Currently there 243 patients in ICU and under ventilators,” the official added, according to the IRGC Quds Force-linked Tasnim news agency.

 

 

“The situation in the city of Bahabad (Yazd province, central Iran) is reported as critical and considering the number of new Covid-19 cases and those hospitalized, this city is being registered as a red zone,” according to a statement issued by the provincial Covid-19 task force. “All measures and restrictions associated to red zones will be implemented from Friday until further notice,” the statement adds, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

“In the past 24 hours 303 confirmed coronavirus patients have been registered and currently there are 133 Covid-19 patients in ICUs. The total number of people who have lost their lives to Covid-19 in this province stands at 3424,” according to the dean of West Azerbaijan Medical Sciences University on Thursday, as reported by the IMNA news agency.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map