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Iran coronavirus update: Over 240,200 deaths, reports of a fourth peak as UK strain spreads

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 240,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 240,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, March 30, 2021—Over 240,200 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 526 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 Tuesday afternoon local time, March 30. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 62,569 around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 55,601 in Tehran, 15,625 in Isfahan, 14,029 in Khuzestan, 10,148 in Lorestan, 9518 in East Azerbaijan, 9028 in West Azerbaijan, 8411 in Gilan, 7057 in Fars, 5309 in Kerman, 4978 in Markazi (Central), 4140 in Semnan, 3633 in North Khorasan, 2982 in Ardabil, 2600 in Zanjan, and 2336 in South Khorasan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 240,200 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 240,200 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

The regime’s Health Ministry spokesperson announced the mullahs’ engineered Covid-19 numbers from the past 24 hours on Tuesday as 10,250 new cases and 3953 people in ICUs. The latter is the highest such reported figure in the past two months. “Currently 25 cities and towns are registered as red zones, 56 are orange and 277 are yellow. Only 89 cities and towns are considered blue zones,” she added, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“After more than a month since the Russian vaccine has been imported, only around 161,000 people have been vaccinated. This is less than one fifth of the country’s 84 million population,” said the director general of the regime’s Medical Apparatus Organization Public Relations office on Tuesday, according to the state-run Arman newspaper.

“One third of the coronavirus patients in the country’s capital are in need of ICUs,” said Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force on Tuesday, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). A member of National Covid-19 Task Force said conditions in Tehran’s packed hospitals are concerning.

“Sixty three percent of registered patients are contaminated with the UK mutated strain,” said the head of Ahvaz Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the Mehr news agency.

“From late February we have been faced with a severe increase in the number of new cases. The number of patients identified have tripled in comparison to late January, and those hospitalized doubled in their number,” said the spokesperson of the Isfahan Medical Sciences University on Tuesday. “It is possible that prior to mid-April we will have more than 1000 patients on a daily basis… During the past 24 hours 3366 patients with Covid-19 symptoms have sought treatment in medical centers under this university’s umbrella. 1,385 of these cases were confirmed positive,” this official added.

“The number of cases of the mutated UK strain has reached 500 people,” said the spokesperson of Hormozgan Medical Sciences University on Tuesday, according to the Mehr news agency.

 

 

“During the past 24 hours 734 new cases have been registered, which is a new record since December. Of the 512 coronavirus patients hospitalized 136 are in ICUs and our death toll currently stands at 3756,” said the dean of West Azerbaijan Medical Sciences University on Tuesday, according to the Mehr news agency. “In West Azerbaijan province the society is facing a grave Covid-19. This province is very prone to further contamination and to have the highest number of new cases,” the report adds citing a deputy Health Minister on Tuesday.

“Today we had 360 positive coronavirus tests. In the next three week all areas of this province will be registered as red zones,” said the deputy dean of Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmad Medical Sciences University on Tuesday, according to the Mehr news agency.

“Starting from two days ago the number of coronavirus patients hospitalized has increased by around 30 percent,” said the deputy chair of Hormozgan province on Tuesday, according to the Mehr news agency.

In Markazi (Central) province the dean of Arak Medical Sciences University said on Tuesday that the cities of Arak and Saveh are now registered as orange zones, adding the province has certainly entered the fourth peak, according to the Tasnim news agency, an outlet linked to the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force. The current trend is escalating and the number of people seeking medical care area are increasing significantly, this official added.

“All individuals with coronavirus-like symptoms must assume they have contracted the mutated UK strain of this virus and vigorously abide by quarantine regulations,” said the chair of the Kermanshah Health Network on Tuesday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency. More than 50 new cases of the UK strain have been identified in this province.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map