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Iran coronavirus update: Over 241,400 deaths, highest number of ICU patients in two months

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 241,400 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 241,400 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, April 1, 2021—Over 241,400 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 529 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, April 1. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 62,759 around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include:  55,781 in Tehran, 15,710 in Isfahan, 14,174 in Khuzestan, 10,290 in Mazandaran, 10,193 in Lorestan, 9598 in East Azerbaijan, 9073 in West Azerbaijan, 8446 in Gilan, 7087 in Fars, 5334 in Kerman, 5008 in Markazi (Central), 4829 in Kermanshah, 4357 in Yazd, 4177 in Kurdistan, and 1849 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmad. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic: PMOI/MEK reports over 241,400 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic: PMOI/MEK reports over 241,400 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

In the official figures declared by the health ministry, the number of new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours was declared to by 11,750, which has increased by 14 percent in comparison to the previous day and 70 percent in comparison to the previous week. According to the official stats, there are 3,989 patients in ICU, which is a record number in the past two months, according to the official IRNA news agency.

Minoo Mohraz, a member of the Covid-19 Task Force, admitted that vaccine imports are proceeding at a very slow pace and said, “If this situation continues, the provision of the vaccine will happen very slowly. Until now, small amounts of vaccines have been imported from China and Russia. The Russian vaccine has caused severe side effects on many people. In some people, these side effects have subsided, but in others, they remain.” (Source: Rokna News Agency, March 31)

Alireza Raisi, the head of the Covid-19 Task Force, said on Thursday, “The UK strain is becoming the prevalent virus across the country. We are witnessing an increase in red and orange cities. This is the beginning in an increase in the number of patients, and I forecast that this increase will intensify in the ten days that follow the New Year holidays. The number of red and orange cities has reached 117 and in the next days, we will see even more red and orange zones.” (Source: ISNA news agency)

Mohammad Reza Zafarghandi, the head of the Medical Apparatus Organization, said on Thursday, “The total imported vaccines include 600,000 from Russia, 250,000 from China, and 125,000 from India. The vaccines are being delivered in packages of 100,000 and 200,000 doses, and this isn’t even enough to carry out the first phase of vaccination of the medical staff and vulnerable people. It was evident that the efforts of the country’s scientists would not yield results in the first months of the Persian calendar year (starting from March 20) and to reduce the number of deaths and hospitalized patients, we needed to purchase foreign vaccines.” (Source: Mehr News Agency)

The deputy dean of Mazandaran Medical Sciences University said on Thursday, “The number of patients from March 21 to April 1 has reached 780, which is a 77-percent increase.” (Source: Mehr News Agency)

The secretary of the South Khorasan Covid-19 Task Force said on Thursday, “The number of hospitalized patients has increased by 73 percent in comparison to mid-March.” (Source: IRNA news agency)

In Hormozgan province, the head of the Paymbar-e Azam Treatment Center declared that the province will soon enter critical conditions. And the spokesperson of Hormozgan Medical Sciences University said on Thursday, “All positive Covid-19 cases are of the UK strain. Most cases are in Bandar Abbas, Minab, Qeshm, Kish Island, Rudan, Bandar Lengeh, Parsian and Jask.” (Source: ISNA news agency)

In East Azarbaijan province, the deputy dean of Tabriz Medical Sciences University said on Wednesday, “Most cases of the UK strain have been identified in East Azarbaijan and the color codes of cities are changing.” (Source: ISNA news agency)

The deputy dean also confirmed that the number of incoming Covid-19 patients in the province’s hospitals has increased by 25 percent.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map