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Iran coronavirus update: Over 218,200 deaths, UK strain spreading across the country

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 218,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 218,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, February 19, 2021—Over 218,200 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 480 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, February 19. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 59,341 around a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 52,111 in Tehran, 14,550 in Razavi Khorasan, 14,020 in Isfahan, 11,035 in Khuzestan, 9187 in Mazandaran, 8983 in Lorestan, 8243 in East Azerbaijan, 6552 in Fars, 5680 in Golestan, 5513 in Alborz, 4844 in Kerman, 4459 in Kermanshah, 3772 in Kurdistan, 3350 in Semnan, 2444 in Qazvin, 2355 in Hormozgan, and 2204 in Bushehr. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 218,200 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 218,200 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

“Today we had more than 8,000 new cases and considering the fact that percentage of positive tests have increased, we must assume that this virus has spread across the country,” said Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Thursday regarding the mutated UK strain. “Youths and children are more prone to this mutated version of the virus. The UK strain is seen more in the provinces of Tehran, Alborz, Khuzestan and Qazvin. The number of cases among the age group of five to 17 has increased and in Tehran it has been from five to 11 percent. This virus can hospitalize the patients in a few days and spread throughout the host’s body in two to three days,” he added, according to the Fars news agency, an outlet linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

“The virus is spreading across the country. If this trend continues, we should be expecting the fourth wave of this illness throughout Iran. Currently the number of new cases is increasing significantly,” said Minoo Mohraz, a senior member of the National Covid-19 Task Force on Friday. “The speed that this virus transfers is very fast and can increase the number of dire patients and the death toll,” she added, according to the state controlled Khabar Fouri website.

 

 

“Delay in procuring the vaccine can threaten people’s health,” said the head of the regime’s Medical Apparatus Organization on Friday. “Breaking the chain cycle of this illness through a reliable vaccine can protect people’s health and vulnerable groups. Procuring the vaccine should be of the utmost priority for our officials aside from all political issues,” this official added, according to the state controlled Salamat News website.

“50 percent of the PCR tests are positive, and this is very concerning,” said the head of the Mahshahr Health Center in Khuzestan province, southwest Iran. “During the past two or three weeks the number of patients seeking medical care has increased and the number of dire patients is also on the rise,” this official emphasized, adding the ICU beds across the province are full, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“The number of people seeking medical care has doubled and we are witnessing a 100 percent increase in new cases,” said the caretaker of Andimeshk Health Network on Friday, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

“The number of patients being hospitalized has increased by 27 percent in comparison to last week. The town of Qaenat is now considered an orange zone and the cities of Birjand, Zirkuh, Ferdows, Nahbandan and Tabas are considered yellow zones,” said the secretary of the South Khorasan Covid-19 Task Force on Thursday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“Currently 559 coronavirus patients are hospitalized across the province, of which 98 are in ICUs,” said the director of public relations in Shiraz Medical Sciences University on Friday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

Aside from the cities of Kashan and Aran & Bidgol, during the past 24 hours a total of 2369 patients with Covid-19 symptoms have sought treatment in medical centers covered by the Isfahan Medical Sciences University, according to this university’s spokesperson on Friday, according to the Mehr news agency.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map