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Iran coronavirus update: Over 205,400 deaths, Rouhani says no vaccine until summer

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 205,400 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 205,400 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, January 23, 2021—Over 205,400 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 Saturday afternoon local time, January 23. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 57,294 around a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 49,906 in Tehran, 12,975 in Isfahan, 8303 in Lorestan, 8227 in Mazandaran, 7980 in Qom, 7433 in West Azerbaijan, 7296 in Gilan, 6227 in Fars, 5180 in Golestan, 4956 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 4843 in Hamedan, 4544 in Kerman, 4208 in Markazi (Central), and 2177 in Qazvin. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 205,400 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 205,400 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

“In some provinces the decreasing trend has halted and in some areas, they have relatively began to see increases in the number of patients,” said regime President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday. “There are still many concerns regarding the new mutated virus… Recently there has been mutations witnessed in another country also. In some provinces the number of new cases among youths and children has increased recently and this is a new concern. We have at least another six months ahead of us before the Iranian vaccine is available, and we need to be fully careful to see how conditions turn out. At the end of spring and early summer, God willing, the Barekat, Razi and Pasteur vaccines will be available,” he added.

 

 

“In some provinces we have seen an increasing number of Covid-19 cases, which is concerning,” said the spokesperson for the regime’s Health Ministry on Saturday. “Currently the coronavirus situation across the country is fragile and sensitive. The highest number of coronavirus patients hospitalized are reported in the provinces of Mazandaran, Gilan and Hamedan. The highest death tolls are reported from the provinces of Mazandaran, Gilan, West Azerbaijan, Ardabil and Golestan,” she added, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“In some provinces there have been signs of a new rise and in the two provinces of Tehran and Isfahan there have been increases of new cases among individuals aged between seven and 18,” said deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Saturday. “The most important concern in major cities such as Tehran and Karaj are the public transportation systems because they lack the necessary means and capacity in this regard,” he added, according to the Fars news agency, an outlet linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

“The increase in commuting and the number of people seeking medical care for coronavirus in some cities is concerning. Commuting has increased by 47 percent in comparison to this period last month. This is concerning. We should not forget the conditions we had in July and August. A new wave was established, and the death toll increased,” Alireza Raisi, spokesperson for the National Covid-19 Task Force, said on Saturday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Masoud Mardani, a member of the National Covid-19 Task Force Scientific Committee, said the number of new cases is increasing at a mild rate. “We will definitely experience another peak and wave. If the virus becomes serious once again, we might be facing even more calamities. The current conditions are fragile and with the slightest of negligence the illness can result in a new peak across the country. Those hospitalized for coronavirus have somewhat increased in comparison to the past,” he added, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“We are witnessing numerous developments that can result in changes in Covid-19 figures. One is the reopening of schools which resulted in a higher number of new cases among people under the age of 20 during the second and third peaks,’ said the deputy Tehran Covid-19 Task Force on Saturday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“The slow trend of increasing Covid-19 cases is seen in all cities. In the cities of Malayer, Nahavand and Hamedan these conditions are more serious among patients seeking medical treatment and those that need to be hospitalized,” said the dean of Hamedan Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the IRGC-linked Javan daily.

“The number of people seeking medical treatment and those being hospitalized due to Covid-19 are increasing and if this trend continues it can signal a new coronavirus wave in this province,” said the governor of Semnan province on Saturday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“During this past week we have seen a 15 percent increase in the number of people seeking medical treatment, a three percent rise in positive Covid-19 tests, 21 percent rise in the number of patients quarantined, a 21 percent rise in the number of people being hospitalized and a seven percent increase in the number of patients in ICUs,” said the spokesperson for the Hormozgan Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map