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Iran coronavirus update: Over 219,200 deaths, new cases on the rise as UK strain spreads

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 219,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 219,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, February 21, 2021—Over 219,200 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 Sunday afternoon local time, February 21. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 59,483 around a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 52,291 in Tehran, 14,595 in Razavi Khorasan, 14,125 in Isfahan, 11,140 in Khuzestan, 9242 in Mazandaran, 9033 in Lorestan, 8295 in Qom, 8153 in West Azerbaijan, 7826 in Gilan, 6577 in Fars, 5700 in Golestan, 5533 in Alborz, 5168 in Hamedan, 4479 in Kermanshah, 4393 in Markazi (Central), 3792 in Kurdistan, 3380 in Semnan, 2732 in Ardabil, 2464 in Qazvin, and 2261 in Ilam. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 219,200 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 219,200 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

While according to a Bloomberg report to this day over 202 million of the Covid-19 vaccines have been provided to people in 88 countries, head of Iran’s Medical Apparatus Organization said, “To this day 20,000 doses of the Russian vaccine have been procured and distributed for the 80 million population of Iran.”

“To this day we have had 62 cases, of which we have lost seven patients and four of them were in Ahvaz (a city in southwest Iran),” said Alireza Raisi, spokesperson for the regime’s National Covid-19 Task Force on Sunday regarding the UK strain in Iran. “Due to the high transmission rate of this virus, Khuzestan province is facing a massive rise in the number of new cases and deaths, and this increasing trend can result in a third wave of this virus in this province,” he added, according to the Fars news agency, an outlet linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

“Since the first week of February we have witnessed an increasing trend and a change in the number of new cases, patients seeking medical care and those being hospitalized. This indicates that we should probably be expecting new peaks in Tehran,” said Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force on Sunday. A total of 2062 patients hospitalized in Tehran whose Covid-19 tests have been confirmed positive are hospitalized in 108 hospitals across this province, of which 860 patients are in ICUs,” he added, according to the Fars news agency.

 

 

“The UK strain has spread in various parts of Khuzestan province. Nine of the ten samples sent to the Pasteur Institute have been positive. This is extremely concerning,” said the dean of Ahvaz Medical Sciences University on Saturday. “The number of patients hospitalized across the province have increased by 90 percent in comparison to last week. The number of patients and those who have lost their lives have increased by 74 and 45 percent, respectively,” he added, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“In contrast to other parts of the country that have surpassed three waves, Isfahan province has been through two waves. In the second wave each day we had 2200 new cases identified and 450 to 500 patients hospitalized,” said the deputy dean of Isfahan Medical Sciences University on Sunday. “8700 people in Isfahan province died of confirmed or suspicious symptoms of Covid-19, including 12 pregnant mothers, while three newborn babies survived. Coronavirus will continue to mutate and spread until the society is made safe through vaccination,” this official added, according to the semi-official ILNA news agency.

“During the past two weeks [Hormozgan] province has seen conditions change and the number of people seeking medical care, those being hospitalized and passing away have increased in alarming fashion,” said the spokesperson for the Hormozgan Province Covid-19 Task Force on Sunday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map