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Iran coronavirus update: Over 205,800 deaths, rising number of new cases in six provinces

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 205,800 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 205,800 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, January 24, 2021—Over 205,800 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 Sunday afternoon local time, January 24. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 57,383 around a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 49,976 in Tehran, 13,905 in Razavi Khorasan, 13,010 in Isfahan, 10,270 in Khuzestan, 8262 in Mazandaran, 7858 in East Azerbaijan, 5195 in Golestan, 4264 in Kermanshah, 3777 in Yazd, 3168 in North Khorasan, 3050 in Semnan, 2210 in Zanjan, 2131 in Ilam, 2074 in Bushehr, and 1956 in South Khorasan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 205,800 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 205,800 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

“When our death toll reached 500 per day you saw how these foreign networks launched roundtables saying the Islamic Republic of Iran is unable to manage this illness,” said regime Health Minister Saied Namaki on Sunday. “What can engulf us in a storm is the virus cycle, such as transferring from Kurdistan province (western Iran) to Bandar Abbas (southern Iran), and from there to North Khorasan province (northeast Iran) and … We are extremely concerned of this cycle,” he added, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“The stronger this virus gets and its tendency to becoming highly dangerous are issues of increasing concerns during these next two months of the winter season, to a point that there is a possibility of a fourth wave beginning,” said a member of the National Covid-19 Task Force on Sunday. “At best the Iranian coronavirus vaccine will be available on the counters by the end of the spring season,” this official added, according to the state-controlled Aria website.

 

 

“There are clear signs of a concerning increase in the number of new cases and people seeking medical treatment in six provinces. This is of grave concern,” said the head of the regime’s Medical Apparatus Organization on Saturday. “It is vital to procure the vaccine through different routes as soon as possible because the vaccine can disrupt the illness cycle and break the transfer chain in many cases,” this official added, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force said the number of coronavirus patients hospitalized are increasing in the age of 5 to 7. “Schools need to continue their online classes because the number of cases among younger children were lower in the past few months when our classes were held online,” he said on Sunday, according to the state-controlled Shafaqna daily.

“If this newly found virus is to spread, we will have an estimated 30 to 40 percent increase in the number of new cases, which can lead to very bad developments that we had specifically witnessed back in November 2020. The high number of people hospitalized and people dying at rates of 400 per day,” said the deputy dean of Iran Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to state TV.

 “Currently there are 156 coronavirus patients hospitalized across the province, of which 48 are in ICUs,” according to the spokesperson of the Yazd Medical Sciences University on Sunday. “If we neglect there will be an increase in the number of new cases and deaths,” this official added, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

The governor of Khuzestan province in southwest Iran said the number of Covid-19 cases in the cities of Abadan, Shush, Dasht-e Azadegan, Dezful, Andika, Aqajari, Masjid Soleiman, Ramshir, Shadegan, Hendijan, Behbahan and Howeyzeh. “In the coming weeks, the death toll may increase in these cities,” he said on Saturday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

While public anger continues to escalate over the regime’s ban on purchasing vaccines from the U.S., U.K., and France, the ruling mullahs resorted to new lies during their Friday prayer sermons to justify the criminal orders issued by regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

“There are some who are in line with American and British media protesting to Khamenei for saying not to purchase British or European vaccine. Why are you asking why the leader said not to purchase their vaccines when the Americans themselves don’t dare use their vaccines; when the British don’t dare use it themselves; when the tests have resulted in numerous deaths?” claimed Ahmad Alamalhoda, Khamenei’s representative in the city of Mashhad, according to state TV.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map