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Iran coronavirus update: Over 202,600 deaths, warnings of fourth wave increase

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 16, 2021—Over 202,600 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 Saturday afternoon local time, January 16. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 56,719 around a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 49,366 in Tehran, 13,755 in Razavi Khorasan, 12,756 in Isfahan, 10,145 in Khuzestan, 7982 in Mazandaran, 7758 in East Azerbaijan, 6157 in Fars, 5243 in Alborz, 5095 in Golestan, 4472 in Kerman, 3461 in Kurdistan, 2507 in Ardabil, 2137 in Qazvin, and 2120 in Hormozgan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 202,600 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 202,600 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran


As regime experts are warning about a fourth wave and against officials’ loosening restrictions, regime President Hassan Rouhani resorted to more of his preposterous remarks today and placed the blame of this new wave on the people. “Wherever people abided by the rules we were able to control the situation. Whenever people said it is no longer necessary and the illness is weakened or all gone, we have suffered severely,” he said on Saturday.

Rouhani’s ridiculous remarks come at a time when a senior official wrote a tweet warning of a “fourth coronavirus wave” and a “rising number of Covid-19 deaths.” The head of the Epidemiology Committee expressed concern over the regime’s decision to reopen schools. “Regarding children it is extremely difficult to abide by health regulations. In the current circumstances we are completely against the reopening of schools,” the official added on Saturday, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

Health Minister Saied Namaki in a letter to the Interior Minister emphasizes on “grave concerns over a new rise in the number of cases and the beginning of a fourth wave with a peak far worse than previous waves,” adding there should be restrictions on “mourning ceremonies” and “commuting to the country’s northern provinces,” according to a Saturday report published by Shafaq news agency.

More important, Namaki and Alireza Raisi, spokesperson of the National Covid-19 Task Force, reported to Rouhani and the entire committee that “6,000 vehicles entered Qeshm Island, 8,000 people entered through small ships, and there were eight flights into the island, meaning around 30,000 to 40,000 people entered the island simultaneously.”

“In Qom (central Iran), we will most definitely witness an illness peak. No protocols have been respected, especially not in their Friday mass prayers. Only 30 percent of the people are using masks. Those who are behind such arrangements are quite frankly responsible for the people’s deaths in the coming peak and they must be punished. These people are responsible for deaths. They are killing people,” Raisi added.

Regarding the coronavirus vaccine Rouhani delivered a few hollow promises and lies, and finally acknowledged that there will be no vaccine until this summer. “There is a vaccine that we will be finalizing with another country, which will be available in the coming spring. There are domestic vaccines and we have received clinical test permits for two of them, and they will be in the summer season,” he said.

“The urgent procuring of a scientific and adequate vaccine for the people, especially for highly vulnerable groups, is a rightful demand. Any delay will lead to more cases and deaths, a new rise of the illness, and will demand answers. One sided, disinformation, brouhaha and conspiracies will not deter the people and the medical community from this right,” said the head of the regime’s Medical Apparatus Organization.

The truth is that prior to local officials, regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Rouhani and other senior regime officials are responsible for the rising number of Covid-19 fatalities in Iran. They are loosening restrictions while banning vaccine purchases.



The dean of Mazandaran Medical Sciences University reports a 250 percent increase in the number of new Covid-19 cases across the province. “Ten cities in Mazandaran are considered red zones. Gilan and Golestan provinces are also engaged. 23 cities in Golestan, Gilan and Mazandaran province are considered orange zones. A fourth wave can begin in mid-February or early March, and each wave means another eight to ten thousand more fatalities,” said Alireza Raisi, spokesperson of the National Covid-19 Task Force on Saturday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“Currently the number of coronavirus fatalities stands at 3083 in Fars province. 497 such patients are hospitalized of which 89 are in ICUs,” said the director of public relations in Shiraz Medical Sciences University on Friday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.



In Khuzestan province, the Health Network chief in the city of Hendijan said the number of new cases have been increasing in the past two months and the deputy dean of Ahvaz Medical Sciences University said electricity power stations are using mazut, causing higher air pollution that pushes the spread of Covid-19. “Fourteen days after nitrogen dioxide is emitted into the air there is a possibility of a significant rise in the number of Covid-19 cases,” according to a Saturday reported wired by the semi-official ILNA and ISNA news agencies.

“The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalized has once again reached the 320 mark and there is a possibility that we will be entering a fourth wave. Alborz neighbors the provinces of Gilan and Mazandaran (two current hotbeds), and this is significantly dangerous for this province,” said the director of the Alborz Medical Sciences University Coronavirus Committee.

“We are witnessing a rise in the number of Covid-19 patients being hospitalized. In such circumstances it is possible that the city of Esfarayen will soon be registered as a red zone,” said the dean of Esfarayen Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the Mehr news agency.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map