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Iran coronavirus update: Over 242,700 deaths, fourth wave confirmed in at least two provinces

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 242,700 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 242,700 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, April 3, 2021—Over 242,700 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 533 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 Saturday afternoon local time, April 3. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 62,999 around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 55,976 in Tehran, 15,805 in Isfahan, 15,665 in Razavi Khorasan, 14,324 in Khuzestan, 10,350 in Mazandaran, 10,248 in Lorestan, 9683 in East Azerbaijan, 9103 in West Azerbaijan, 8725 in Qom, 8511 in Gilan, 6260 in Golestan, 5364 in Kerman, 5038 in Markazi (Central), 4230 in Semnan, 7117 in Fars, 5611 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 2841 in Ilam, 2754 in Qazvin. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 242,700 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 242,700 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran


“The fourth wave has just started in two province and other provinces may also enter this wave,” said regime President Hassan Rouhani in today’s meeting of the National Covid-19 Task Force. “In these one or two provinces that we are witnessing a fourth wave it is going up like a straight line and there is no curve… In the next four months, meaning the end of this administration, most certainly the vaccine will arrive at the end of spring and early summer, and vaccination will take place. We will definitely have better conditions,” he added. Rouhani, in his criminal nature, is trying to place the blame of this fourth wave on the people for their Nowruz (Iranian calendar new year) commuting. However, he said ceremonies marking the coming month of Ramadan will only be banned in areas registered as red or orange zones, but permitted in other areas, including those registered as yellow zones. This will certainly lead to more Covid-19 casualties across the country.

“The faster pace of new number of cases per day, in comparison to the second and third coronavirus waves, is extremely concerning. Considering the spread of the mutated Covid-19 strain across the country and the fast transmission rate of this virus, this time around it is spreading at a much higher speed,” said the spokesperson for the regime’s Health Ministry on Saturday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

Alireza Raisi, the head of the Covid-19 Task Force, said on Saturday, “In most provinces, we’re seeing a rise in the number of patients, and in the next week we’ll see a long spike in Covid-19 cases. Alborz and Ilam provinces have entered a new long Covid-19 peak. In some provinces, including Mazandaran, Gilan, Charmahal & Bakhtiyari, Markazi, and Lorestan, are on the verge of entering the new peak. In Eastern and Western Azarbaijan, Zanjan, Fars, South Khorasan, and Semnan provinces, the upward trend of the disease has started. We forecast that in the next 10 days, the number of daily patients will exceed 1,300 and in the next three weeks, Covid-19 deaths will be in the three digits. Currently, there are 47 red cities, 126 orange cities, 247 yellow cities, and 14 blue cities.” (Source: Mehr News Agency)

Deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi said on Saturday, “The acceleration we’re seeing in cases and hospitalized patients is very intense. Firstly, in previous peaks, some provinces were seeing a climax while others were seeing a decline. Right now, aside from Khuzestan province, all provinces are on an upward trend. The number of hospitalized patients has doubled.” (Source: state television)

Ehsan Mohebbi, the head of technology at the Covid-19 Task Force, warned about the possibility of thousands of deaths on Friday and said, “The sudden increase in the number of hospitalized Covid-19 patients has broken previous records. The number of hospitalized patients this week has increased by 3,500 in comparison to last week.” (Source: IMNA news agency)

The spokesperson of Isfahan Medical Sciences University said on Saturday, “The number of hospitalized patients has reached 1,020. There are 134 Covid-19 patients in the ICU section.” (Source: Mehr News Agency)

The deputy dean of Kermanshah Medical Sciences University said on Saturday, “Currently, 70 percent of UK strain Covid tests are positive, and we can say that this virus has effectively replaced the previous one.” (Source: ISNA news agency)

In Markazi province, the dean of Arak Medical Sciences University said, “The fourth wave of coronavirus has officially started and we must think of controlling the spread and decreasing the number of cases and deaths, and we must do this in conditions that the medical staff are extremely exhausted. Arak will be faced with tough days.” (Source: ISNA news agency)

The dean of Ilam Medical Sciences University said on Saturday, “The capacity to accept Covid-19 patients is fast running out.” (Source: Mehr News Agency)

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