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Iran coronavirus update: Over 229,600 deaths, many Iranians can’t even afford masks

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 229,600 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 229,600 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, March 11, 2021—Over 229,600 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 518 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 Thursday afternoon local time, March 11. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 61,016 around a third of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 53,911 in Tehran, 15,070 in Razavi Khorasan, 14,870 in Isfahan, 12,615 in Khuzestan, 9747 in Mazandaran, 9623 in Lorestan, 8608 in West Azerbaijan, 5965 in Golestan, 5338 in Hamedan, 4683 in Markazi (Central), 4629 in Kermanshah, 4177 in Yazd, 3962 in Kurdistan, 3720 in Semnan, 2356 in Ilam, 1845 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari, and 1729 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmad. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 229,600 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 229,600 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran.

 

While the head of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force said on Wednesday that people cannot abide by health protocols or even purchase masks due to their poor economic conditions, and while nurses across Iran are in extremely dire circumstances, regime President Hassan Rouhani continued his series of lies on Thursday.

“Today all the medical necessities to tackle coronavirus, be it equipment needed for ICUs, ventilators or medicine, they are all provided by our own companies. We have no need to import them and in some areas we are even able to export them,” Rouhani said on Thursday. “The government provided the necessary budgets. We even paid the debts to nurses that was related to last year,” he added.

“People have economic difficulties… The support provided has been very little. Even some stores that are open are not thriving in their business. As a result, the discontent can lead to disobedience regarding health protocols,” said Alireza Zali, head of the National Covid-19 Task Force on Wednesday. “There are still people who cannot afford masks. In Tehran 20,000 people are making ends meet selling goods on the as street vendors. This is the official number of street vendors. The actual figure is far higher,” he added, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency. “One can forecast that in early April with travelers returning to Tehran province we will face a new wave of this illness. A year into Covid-19, all the country’s cities are in grave danger, especially considering the new mutated strains both inside the country and versions from abroad. This is what has happened in Africa, Brazil, California and … why would it not be seen in Tehran and Iran?” Zali continued.

 

 

“The entire hospital has been allocated to Covid-19 patients and we have accepted even more patients than our entire capacity,” said the head of Amir al-Momenin Hospital in Ahvaz on Wednesday. “The minimum treatment period of coronavirus patients is about four to five days. However, due to a shortage in hospital beds, patients that are in better general conditions are released after three days,” this official added, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

Deputy dean of Shiraz Medical Sciences University referred to the increasing trend of new Covid-19 cases in Fars province on Wednesday, adding one of the main coronavirus hospitals in the city of Shiraz is nearing its full capacity. All the medical centers are on high alert to face a possible Covid-19 crisis, this official added, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

The spokesperson of the Hormozgan Medical Sciences University said on Thursday that the number of UK strain cases in this province currently stands at 22. “In the past week, the number of patients seeking medical care has doubled. If this trend continues we will be witnessing an increasing trend of more people hospitalized and a rising death rate. The UK strain is seen in all cities throughout Hormozgan,” this official added, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

“463 patients with coronavirus are hospitalized in our medical centers, of which 84 are in ICUs, and ten patients have lost their lives,” said the spokesperson of Isfahan Medical Sciences University on Thursday, according to the Mehr news agency.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map