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Iran coronavirus update: Over 234,100 deaths, Tehran engulfed by UK strain

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 234,100 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 234,100 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, March 19, 2021—Over 234,100 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 522 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, March 19. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 61,649 around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 54,626 in Tehran, 15,210 in Isfahan, 13,229 in Khuzestan, 9995 in Mazndaran, 8763 in West Azerbaijan, 8580 in Qom, 6070 in Golestan, 5418 in Hamedan, 5179 in Kerman, 4242 in Yazd, 3890 in Semnan, 3558 in North Khorasan, 2560 in Hormozgan, 2550 in Zanjan, 2396 in Ilam, and 2281 in South Khorasan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.


“To this day 595,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been distributed and of this amount, up to yesterday, 124,000 doses have been injected to patients,” said the spokesperson of the regime’s Food and Drug Organization on Friday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency. All the while, Alireza Raisi, spokesperson of the National Covid-19 Task Force had said prior to this, “1,260,000 doses of various types of Covid-19 vaccines have been imported and as we had promised, more than one million members of the medical personnel and vulnerable people will receive the vaccine prior to Nowruz (the Iranian calendar New Year on March 20).”

“Currently 2282 coronavirus patients are hospitalized, of which 780 are in ICUs,” said Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force on Friday. “Clusters of the UK strain have been witnessed in nearly all parts of Tehran. The focus of the mutated strain is in central, southern and parts of eastern Tehran,” he added, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). “In mid-April we may have a significant surge of patients in our hospitals,” he added while referring to a 35 percent increase in the number of people seeking medical care.

The spokesperson of the Isfahan Medical Sciences University said on Friday the number of people being hospitalized daily has increased by 20 percent. “The number of positive tests has increased from 13 percent to around 20 percent. This is a high number. Many of these cases may be of the UK strain,” this official explained, according to the Fars news agency, an outlet linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

In Khuzestan province, the secretary of Ahvaz Health Council said on Friday, “There’s concern that in the next days, we will face a new outbreak of the illness. We are working at full capacity, but the number of incoming patients is still very high.” (Source: ISNA news agency)

The public relations manager of Ilam Medical Sciences reported 23 new cases of the UK coronavirus and said on Friday, “This virus is spreading across the province and we will witness a growing number of patients with this virus.” (Source: Mehr News Agency)

The dean of West Azarbaijan Medical Sciences University said, “There are 439 patients diagnosed with acute respiratory syndrome who are hospitalized in treatment centers. Of this group, 136 are in ICU and 25 are on ventilator support. The total coronavirus death toll has reached 3715 and until now, we have identified 21 UK strain cases.” (Source: Mehr News Agency)

The spokesperson of Hormozgan Medical Sciences University said, “With 20 new cases of the UK coronavirus, the total number of cases of this mutated virus in Hormozgan has reached 203.” (Source: ISNA news agency)

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map