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Iran coronavirus update: Over 209,200 deaths, disputes increase over the Russian vaccine

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 209,100 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 209,100 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, January 31, 2021—Over 209,200 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 31. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 57,959 around a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 50,546 in Tehran, 14,115 in Razavi Khorasan, 13,290 in Isfahan, 8542 in Mazandaran, 8503 in Lorestan, 7703 in West Azerbaijan, 7471 in Gilan, 5355 in Golestan, 5353 in Alborz, 3597 in Kurdistan, 2205 in Hormozgan, 2161 in Ilam, 2104 in Bushehr, and 1991 in South Khorasan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 209,200 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 209,200 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran


Iranian regime Health Minister Saied Namaki on Sunday expressed concerns over the new rapid spread of Covid-19 and how this new trend will be far more severe than previous waves. Namaki also expressed anger over revelations and opposition to the regime’s criminal policies regarding the coronavirus vaccine. “They say they won’t inject this or that vaccine, and some other remarks that clearly disappoint the people… We should not allow a rift between the people’s trust and honest people providing services,” he said. “Those who think they can ride economic waves in such tumultuous time, I as a minister, will not allow it. Those gentlemen who launch certain brouhahas hoping to transfer around certain resources, should think twice because we will not allow anyone establish new markets in such times,” Namaki continued, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.



Ninety-eight members of the Medical Apparatus Organization wrote a letter to regime President Hassan Rouhani: “Purchasing the Sputnik V vaccine that has not surpassed minimum global approval processes and its dangerous impact has been protested in the producing country, is not called for and quite hazardous. Transparent information of the investigative procedures and production of the Sputnik V vaccine is not available and has not been approved by any of the credible global institutions… The medical society and the Iranian people consider any hesitation, delay, practice of reservations as unacceptable and unforgivable,” the letter adds, according to the Medical Apparatus Organization website on Sunday.

“How did they suddenly reach the Russian vaccine from the Swedish, Chinese and Cuban vaccines? The officials’ behavior regarding the Russian coronavirus vaccine is severely destructive and destroys trust,” according to a Sunday piece in the state-controlled Aftab-e Yazd daily on Sunday. “Prior to the visit of [regime Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad] Zarif to Russia there was no mention of the Russian vaccine… Health Ministry officials say they have purchased vaccines from a number of countries to this day. Today they should publish the list of these countries and their experience regarding this vaccine. Another issue is the mentioning of this rumor that this vaccine is being sent to Iran for testing,” the piece adds.

Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force said on Sunday that there is an increasing number of coronavirus patients registered into Tehran’s hospitals. “Conditions in Tehran, as before, are fragile and unstable. If there is a new peak the daily numbers will increase exponentially in a noticeably short period of time. In the past 24 hours we have had 252 new Covid-19 patients hospitalized and 90 being placed in ICUs. The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalized across Tehran stands at 1966. However, during the past week we had reached below the 1800 mark, of which 777 were in ICUs. During the third wave in Tehran we reached the peak in just ten days. If there is a new wave, we may have an increasing number of people hospitalized in a far shorter time period,” he added, according to the Tasnim news agency, an outlet linked to the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).



The number of coronavirus patients hospitalized in the past week have increased by around 50 percent in North Khorasan province in northeast Iran, and based on Health Ministry numbers this province is on the verge of its fourth peak, according to a Sunday report wired by Tasnim news agency.

“The fourth coronavirus wave is on its way. The number of new cases in the cities of Abarkuh, Mehriz and Ardakan has reached three to four times in comparison to the past few days,” according to the deputy dean of Yazd Medical Sciences University on Sunday, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalized in facilities under the umbrella of the Mazandaran and Babol Medical Sciences universities stands at 1286 with 252 people in ICUs, according to a Saturday report wired by the IRGC-linked Fars news agency.

“The number of people seeking medical treatment and being hospitalized since early January has been increasing. Currently there are ten cities, including Mashhad, that are registered as yellow zones. During the past 24 hours we have had 107 people hospitalized, reaching a total of 514 with 176 in ICUs,” according to the dean of Razavi Khorasan Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map