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Iran coronavirus update: Over 219,700 deaths, more provinces reporting UK strain cases

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 219,700 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 219,700 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, February 22, 2021—Over 219,700 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 486 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 Monday afternoon local time, February 22. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 59,572 around a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 52,371 in Tehran, 14,165 in Isfahan, 11,210 in Khuzestan, 9262 in Mazandaran, 9073 in Lorestan, 8273 in East Azerbaijan, 8178 in West Azerbaijan, 7851 in Gilan, 4874 in Kerman, 4073 in Yazd, and 2375 in Hormozgan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 219,700 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 219,700 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

“The trend of new cases and people being hospitalized in Khuzestan is on the rise significantly and extremely concerning. Considering the spread of the mutated virus in Khuzestan and a number of other provinces, the continuation of this trend of negligence regarding health protocols will be catastrophic across the country,” said the spokesperson for the regime’s Health Ministry on Monday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“The UK strain is extremely aggressive and entered Khuzestan through the borders. The number of people seeking medical care has increased from 200 to 3500 per day, and the number of people being hospitalized has increased from 100 to 1100 per day,” said Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Monday. “Khuzestan has entered the third Covid-19 peak and the trend is also increasing in West Azerbaijan province,” he added, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

Head of Golestan Hospital in Ahvaz, in southwest Iran, said the number of people seeking medical care is increasing by the minute and the hospital is literally in full capacity. “The spread of this virus is so fast that hospitals across Ahvaz are being overwhelmed with patients. The Khuzestan medical apparatus is suffering tremendously as a result. Therefore, we are asking the provincial governor to take necessary action aimed at imposing quarantine measures across the province and cities registered as red zones,” this official emphasized on Sunday. “The heads of Razi, Khomeini, Sina, Amir al-Momenin, Taleghani and Golestan hospitals in Ahvaz, all facilities providing care for coronavirus patients, are calling on the governor of Khuzestan to shut down the province for two weeks,” this official added, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“The hospitals in Ahvaz are full of Covid-19 patients. ICUs are full and the death rate is remarkably high,” said the governor of Ahvaz on Monday in reference to the current critical situation, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

 

 

“The capacity of Taleghani Hospital in the city of Urmia (northwest Iran) is completely full and we are forced to allocate other hospitals to provide care for Covid-19,” said the dean of West Azerbaijan Medical Sciences University on Sunday. “If the capacity of state hospitals become full, private hospitals will come to our support, as we had during the third wave,” this official added, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“The Covid-19 test of a 71-year-old woman was reported as the UK strain,” said the dean of Gilan Medical Sciences University on Monday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“An individual from the city of Ahar (northwest Iran), who had travelled to Iraq and returned to the country, has been under testing during the past few days and is confirmed to have contracted the UK strain,” said the dean of East Azerbaijan Medical Sciences University on Monday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map